JET, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre in Metro Detroit, opens the world premiere of Detroit playwright Kitty Dubin's The Day We Met, made up of six one-act plays, May 28 following previews that began May 24.
Dubin is a Detroit-area psychotherapist whose second career as a playwright has resulted in The Last Resort, Change of Life and Ties That Bind, which have received Equity productions in Detroit area theatres. She teaches playwriting at Oakland University. Performances continue to June 25.
Three of the plays in The Day We Met deal with single people and the issues that confront them: Strictly Personal focuses on two people who meet through a personal ad, Blockbuster offers a man and a woman with radically different taste in films, and Tough as Nails depicts a young single woman pampering herself with a manicure as she pours her heart out about her dead-end relationship.
Two of the plays concern people looking for help with family problems: The Joy of Sex shows a young couple, married less than a year, seeking marriage counseling; and in Let Him In a divorcee in the midst of a family crisis receives unexpected help from a mysterious stranger. Finally, Mimi and Me features a perky young woman volunteer at a nursing home and her encounter with a 90-year old resident.
Former Meadow Brook Theatre artistic director Geoffrey Sherman directs The Day We Met. The all-Equity company includes Henrietta Hermelin, Scott Crownover, Chris Howe, Chris Ann Voudoukis, Harold Hogan and Robin Lewis.
Tickets are $15-$25. JET performs in the Aaron DeRoy Theatre in the Jewish Community Center, Maple and Drake roads, in West Bloomfield, MI. For more information, call (248) 788-2900 or try the web site at http://comnet.org/jet.
-- By Kenneth Jones