Rich Orloff's Engagement Rules Will Get World Premiere at Detroit Rep; Cast Announced

News   Rich Orloff's Engagement Rules Will Get World Premiere at Detroit Rep; Cast Announced
The world premiere of Rich Orloff's Engagement Rules, a look at young lovers and old lovers remaking the rules of their relationships, will officially open Nov. 3 at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, kicking off the Equity company's 54th season in the Motor City.

Playwright Rich Orloff
Playwright Rich Orloff

Detroit Rep artistic director Bruce Millan directs the limited engagement that will continue through Dec. 23. The run includes a special added performance on New Year's Eve.

Engagement Rules features Kelly Komlen as Donna, Harold Uriah Hogan as Phil, Trudy Mason as Rose and Charlie Newhart as Tom.

Here's how Detroit Rep bills the show: "Tom and Donna each have tripped over love in the past but have found each other. They have decided to create their own rules of engagement, shoot the dice and get married. On the other hand, Phil and Rose have been married over 50 years. Tolerance rules their mutual foibles until both decide to alter their rules of engagement. But rules always have a way of going awry especially where there is love. There seems to be no exemption for age and no exception for youth. These two couples are friends but the advice they share about love is laughable no matter how straight faced it is delivered. Wisdom and love are seldom companions and love seldom triumphs without tribulation. Tom and Donna face a crisis that could tear their love asunder. But they learn that love will triumph when Engagement, not avoidance, Rules."

Orloff is an award-winning playwright living in New York. He is the author of over 60 full length and one-act plays. His one-acts have had over 700 productions on six of the seven continents — including a staged reading in Antarctica.

The oldest professional non-profit theatre in the state of Michigan, Detroit Repertory Theatre's goal "is to produce quality professional theatre while fighting, by example, the disturbing level of racism that exists." The Detroit Repertory Theatre is located at 13103 Woodrow Wilson Street, Detroit, MI. For more information and tickets, call (313) 868-1347 or visit

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