ALT operates two separate venues. The Mainstage Facility is located at 2019 Civic Circle and is the original theatre facility. Built in 1957, it houses ALT's 453 seat mainstage auditorium, administrative offices, box-office, scene shop, costume storage and two state-of-the-art dance studios. ALT's Adventure Space is located at 2751 Civic Circle. The Adventure Space theatre offers a more intimate environment with its 180 seat facility.
Until this past Thursday it had been years since I attended a play. Matter of fact I hadn't stepped foot in the original place since an elementary school field trip and I'd never been in the smaller venue. But for Christmas this past year I bought my wife season tickets so she could attend with a group of friends. As part of the package she received 2 extras tickets to any show on the schedule. I decided to go along with Jennifer and our friends the other night to see a play called A Feminine Ending, which was playing in the smaller venue. It was described as a dark comedy and hey, I like dark comedies. Not to mention female ends.
Nevertheless I wasn't expecting much. The cast was comprised of a mere five actors and the opening monologue was all about classical music and the definition of a feminine versus masculine endings regarding musical composition. I'll admit, I thought what the hell have I gotten myself into.
But the production gained legs after that and before intermission I recognized bits of myself in 3 of the 5 characters. The writer in me is always fascinated when it seems as if someone else has reached inside my brain and pulled out tidbits to create their characters. I laughed, especially at the dialogue of the quirky postal employee and of course I'm always happy when the fat hairy dude gets to score with the hot chick.
All in all the actors did a great job, the dialogue was witty, and the story, while not as strong the second half, kept my interest. I enjoyed the play so much that I have already made plans to attend ALT's production of Mark Twain's, Is He Dead?
|By Mark Twain |
as adapted by David Ives
A new play by Mark Twain? Yes! Written by Twain in 1898 and revised by David Ives in 2003, this hilarious comedy had a successful Broadway run in 2007 and 2008. Combining elements of burlesque, farce and social satire, this fresh story raises questions about greed, fame and the value of art.
Twain? Hilarious comedy? Social satire? Burlesque!
Who's in with me?