By Christopher Durang
Directed by Bernard Bosio
Fridays and Saturdays,
April 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays, April 12, 19 and 26 at 2:00 p.m.
"Ö itís so difficult meeting new people, itís just thoroughly intimidating!"
Meeting and dating people has always been fraught with problems, embarrassing mishaps, encounters with people of dubious character, motivation, and varying degrees of mental stability and emotional dysfunction. Today, we have a dazzling array of dating tools, thanks to technology. The internet is loaded with a bewildering number of dating sites, from the general "I just want to meet someone nice" genre to the VERY specific (GlutenfreeSingles.com? Really?). Everyone has smart phones they can use to text, tweet, Facebook Messenger, etc. and access dozens of apps, all with the aim of meeting that certain someone.
And none of this seems to make any of it any easier.
Christopher Durangís Beyond Therapy kicks it up several orders of magnitude by giving us dating without the tech support, little or no mental stability, and maximum emotional dysfunction.
When Beyond Therapy premiered on Broadway on May 26,1982, the cutting edge of dating technology was the personal ad in a newspaper or magazine, placed and responded to with the anonymity of "box numbers." It's just such a personal ad that sets up the "anything can happen" moment of Prudence and Bruce's first meeting in The Restaurant, a surreal place that no one else seems to frequent (including waiters). Throw in Bruce's gay lover Bob, Prudence and Bruce's off-the-wall therapists Stuart and Charlotte, and a possibly sociopathic waiter (yes, the waiter does eventually show up), and you have all the ingredients for Christopher Durang's witty farcical Beyond Therapy.
The cast includes a number of Heights Players veterans, including Jere Williams (Bruce), Elizabeth Devlin (Prudence), James Martinelli (Bob), Jan VanderPutten (Charlotte) and Bill Barry (Stuart), as well as talented newcomer Tyler Ianuzi as the enigmatic waiter Andrew.
Directed by Bernard Bosio; staff includes Marialana Ardolino (Assistant Director/Stage Manager), Corrine Contrino (Production Manager), Alan Sporing (Lighting and Set Designer), James Martinelli (Costume Designer), Peter Lopez (Sound Designer), and Jan VanderPutten (Properties).
Join us for this adventure into the world of bad therapy and low-tech dating catastrophes! Please note this production contains adult themes and adult language and is recommended for mature audiences only. Performance dates are April 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8:00 p.m., and
April 12, 19 and 26 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $18 for seniors and children under 18. Reservations can be made by calling (718) 237-2752 or by clicking here (24-hour notice for online reservations, please).