By Paul Rudnick
Directed by Thomas J. Kane
October 7-23, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Our 61st season stirs up the comedy!
The Heights Players is pleased to present the delightfully diverting comedy, Regrets Only, by Paul Rudnick, who The New York Times has dubbed "one of the funniest quip-meisters on the planet." This comedy of Manhattan manners opens on Friday, October 7th and runs through Sunday, October 23rd.
Set in a Park Avenue penthouse, Regrets Only explores the latest topics in marriage, friendships and squandered riches. The plot is set in the motion one momentous evening as socialite Tibby McCullough prepares to go out with her best friend, a legendary gay designer (Hank Hadley) whose companion of nearly 40 years has recently died. Tibby's daughter Spencer, an ambitious lawyer, comes home and announces her engagement, while minutes later, her father Jack, a wildly rich, liberal New York lawyer, gets a call from the President of the United States to help craft a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. When Tibby and Spencer support Jack's decision to go to Washington, Hank decides to take action – in a very unusual way.
In this play that brilliantly marries caricature and character, Rudnick manages to create six comically extreme people – including Myra, the McCullough's zany Jewish maid, and Tibby's shallow mother, Marietta – who also exhibit genuine human emotions. While the quips fly fast and furiously, Rudnick's jokes effectively serve a thematic point. Tibby, who's essentially a silly society wife, is eventually given stature. Jack is humbled but not broken; rather, he is educated. Even Spencer and Marietta have their epiphanies.
The Heights Players production features Eileen Nicolosi as Myra Kesselman, Valerie O'Hara as Marietta Claypoole, Bill Barry as Jack McCullough, Marie Dinolan as Spence McCullough, Stephanie Landing as Tibby McCullough and Raymond O. Wagner as Hank Hadley.
Directing his first mainstage show with the Heights Players is Thomas J. Kane. Kane is ably assisted by a tremendous crew, including: Ted Thompson, Assistant Director; Leo J. Contrino, Stage Manager; Billy Wood, Set Designer; James Martinelli and Mykel Frank, Costume Designers; Bruce A. Kraemer, Lighting Designer; Cameron McIntosh, Sound Design; Jan VanderPutten, Properties; and Tom Hudgens and Jomes Mohn.
Join us in October for this hilariously witty, "splendid," wise-cracking comedy. You won't "regret" it! Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, October 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sundays, October 9, 16 and 23 at 2:00 p.m. All performances are in the John Bourne Theater at the Heights Players, 26 Willow Place (between Joralemon and State Streets), Brooklyn, NY 11201. Tickets are $20 and $18 for Seniors and those under 18. You can now order tickets online! Visit Brown Paper Tickets to reserve will call seats or pay with a credit card. Or phone in your reservation by calling 718.237.2752.