Pittsburgh's City Theatre Plays the Love Game May 1 With Marriage Minuet

News   Pittsburgh's City Theatre Plays the Love Game May 1 With Marriage Minuet City Theatre in Pittsburgh will get a little frisky starting May 1, when David Wiltse's A Marriage Minuet begins previews.

Billed as a "contemporary sex farce about love and the literary life," A Marriage Minuet concerns Douglas (played by Douglas Rees), a college professor and the writer of earnest books that don't sell. His wife, Lily (Helena Ruoti), is his best friend. Rex (Ross Bickell), a womanizer who writes best-selling potboilers, is married to Violet (Deirdre Madigan). When the couples change partners, the result is a dizzy dance complicated by a variety of young women, all played by Tami Dixon.

City Theatre artistic director Tracy Brigden first directed an earlier version of A Marriage Minuet in 2006 at the Westport Country Playhouse, where Wiltse is the playwright-in-residence. The entire design team and two actors (Madigan and Rees) remain from that production.

The design team features Jeff Cowie (sets), Markas Henry (costumes), and Howell Binkley (lighting), with music composed by Ryan Rumery and choreography by Peter Pucci.

Playwright Wiltse will be in Pittsburgh April 7-13 to workshop his newest play Scramble!, a farce set in the office of a golf magazine. Tracy Brigden will direct Scramble! at Westport this summer, July 8-26. It's a revised version of a play that premiered at Florida Stage. Scramble!, under the title Hatchetman, also premiered at Florida Stage.

A Marriage Minuet officially opens May 7 and will run through May 25 with performances Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesday-Friday at 8 PM, Saturdays at 5:30 and 9 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets ($15-$46) can be purchased by phoning (412) 431-CITY (2489) or visiting www.citytheatrecompany.org. City Theatre is located at 1300 Bingham Street in Pittsburgh.