Palo Alto's TheatreWorks brought a new holiday time show to the Bay Area this year - Broadway's Triumph of Love. The Jeffrey Stock-Susan Birkenhead-James Magruder musical closes Dec. 31 at the Lucie Stern Theatre. Performances began Nov. 29 with an opening Dec. 2.
Based on Marivaux's 1732 comedy, Triumph of Love concerns the attempts of lovelorn princess Leonide to secure the affections of the exiled prince Agis. Disguising herself as a man, she infiltrates the home of the rigid Hermocrates and his sister Hesione, who are tutoring the young prince in philosophy. With the help of her comic servants, Corinne, Harlequin and Dimas, she hopes to win her man. Triumph was not a triumph on Broadway, despite stars Susan Egan, Betty Buckley and F. Murray Abraham, where it struggled through two months of performances from Oct. 23, 1997 to Jan. 4, 1998. A cast album was released on Jay Records a year later with the original performances preserved.
TheatreWorks artistic director Robert Kelley (Grapes of Wrath) directs. Debra Wiseman ("Bullets Over Broadway," Cyrano) stars as Leonide with Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award winner Livia Genise (Rags) as Hesione, Jonathan Rys Williams as Agis and Drama-Logue Award winner Steven Patterson (King of the Crystal Palace) as Hermocrates. Also in the cast are C. Kelly Wright (Corinne), Kirk Herring (Harlequin) and Patrick Flick (Dimas).
Tickets are $20-$38. The Lucie Stern Theatre is located at 1305 Middlefield . For tickets, call (650) 903-6000. TheatreWorks is on the web at http://www.theatreworks.org.
— By Christine Ehren