Lyric Stage Company's 2013-14 Season to Feature Into the Woods; Death of a Salesman; One Man, Two Guvnors
By Carey Purcell
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 40th Anniversary season will feature a British farce, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, a modern adaptation of an old-fashioned drama and a classic musical.
The season at a glance follows:
One Man, Two Guvnors
"Richard Bean's award-winning play is a glorious celebration of British comedy. Based on The Servant of Two Masters, Carlo Goldoni's 18th-century Italian comedy, it gives you a funhouse parade of fools, lovers, clowns, parents and pompous asses."
Water by the Spoonful
"This Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a moving collage of lives in crisis. A group of seemingly unrelated characters search for human connection in a harsh and destabilizing world, looking for hope among their new-found 'family.' One by one, the troubled souls find acceptance, connection, even redemption, in this new play."
Becky's New Car
"Becky's life isn't exactly unhappy — but from her desk at a car dealership she can't help but wonder what else is out there. And then she finds out. When a wealthy suitor presumes she is a widow, she finds herself leading a double life that quickly accelerates out of her control. This comedy takes us on one woman's unexpected, hilarious, and ultimately moving escape from the midlife doldrums."
"Adapted by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Wicked) from Studs Terkel's oral history, Working reveals the hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of average Americans by following them through one 24-hour workday. Newly updated for the 21st century, Schwartz wrote the songs along with James Taylor and others, with three new additions by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights)."
Death of a Salesman
"Ever since it was first performed in 1949, Death of a Salesman has been recognized as a milestone of American theatre. In the person of Willy Loman — the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile and a shoeshine — Arthur Miller redefined the tragic hero as a man whose dreams are at once insupportably vast and dangerously insubstantial. This magnificent work compresses epic extremes of humor and anguish, promise and loss, between the four walls of an American living room."
"When sheltered Claudine meets starving artist Henry, she falls head over heels. But her mother, a tough-talking celebrity financial guru, has her doubts: Is Henry everything her daughter deserves or is he only after her money? Rich Girl, a modern day take on the classic play and film The Heiress, is a new comedy about women and their relationships with men, mothers and money — and not necessarily in that order."
Into the Woods
"When a Baker and his Wife learn they've been cursed by the Witch next door, they embark into the woods on a quest to reverse that spell. Along the way they encounter an ambivalent Cinderella, an aggressive Red Riding Hood, a rebellious Rapunzel, a too-trusting Jack, and a couple of not-so-princely Princes. But when everyone's wishes are granted, the consequences of their self-centered actions come to haunt them. Eventually they learn a life lesson about working together, the stories we tell our children and the real meaning of 'happily ever after.'"
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