Plays Range from 'Blonde' to 'Dusk'

The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), January 31, 2013 | Go to article overview

Plays Range from 'Blonde' to 'Dusk'


Byline: The Register-Guard

A Victorian mystery, play about making tough life decisions and a musical comedy are among the shows opening on local stages this week.

OPENING THIS WEEK

Angel Street

Cottage Theatre

700 Village Drive

Cottage Grove

Friday through Feb. 17

This Victorian mystery- thriller by Patrick Hamilton opened as "Angel Street" in New York in 1941.

It originally was produced in London under the title "Gaslight."

It remains one of the longest-running plays in Broadway history. It has been made into a movie twice, most memorably in 1944 starring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer.

Set in London in the 1880s, the play tells the story of the Manninghams, who live on Angel Street. At the opening of the drama, Mrs. Manningham clearly is on edge.

It soon becomes apparent that her handsome, overbearing husband is slowly trying to drive his devoted wife to the brink of insanity with an insinuating kindness that masks more sinister motives.

The Cottage Theatre production is directed and designed by Alan Beck. The cast features Mandy Rose as Mrs. Manningham, Kory Weimer as Mr. Manningham, Bob Buechler as Detective Rough and Karen Snyder and Nicole Trobaugh as the household servants: Elizabeth and Nancy.

Lighting design is by Amanda Ferguson and costume design is by Rhonda Turnquist.

Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

A single Thursday performance will be given at 8 p.m. Feb. 14.

Tickets are $18, $15 for ages 6 to 18, online at cottagetheatre.org and at 541-942-8001.

Dusk

Upstart Crow Studios

855 W. First Ave.

Friday through Feb. 17

What happens after an old hippie has a heart attack? That's the starting point of "Dusk," the second in Spokane playwright Brian Harnetiaux's trilogy about families facing difficult life decisions.

The show is being presented by Hospice of Sacred Heart, which last year presented the first drama in the trilogy, "Vesta."

"Dusk" tells the story of Gil, a working man, anti-war protester and father whose dysfunctional family must deal with his determined and self-destructive ways. After his heart attack and subsequent congestive heart failure, his daughter arranges for a medical social worker to come to his home to discuss his wishes.

The play explores with humor and humanity the medical, ethical and spiritual aspects of a difficult but necessary conversation.

The cast has Eugene actor Ralph Steadman as Gil, with Melissa Miller, Alec Crisman, Jacob Wiest and Ariel Hatt. …

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