Antrim Playhouse Sets 2012-2013 Season

BY GEORGE J. DACRE

Nice variety of dramas, comedies & musicals to be featured

Antrim Playhouse announced the shows for its 2012 – 2013 season, which will kick off in September with the Tony winning play “I Hate Hamlet.”

Marty Andreas, President of the Antrim Players, says that the season of six mainline shows is the result of tireless work by the repertory committee and board of directors over the past several months to put together the list of shows.

“I Hate Hamlet” won a Tony award for best actor and a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Female Actress on Broadway. It follows the life of successful television actor Andrew Rally as he struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet, dealing with a girl friend who is keeping a firm grip on her chastity and playing host to the ghost of John Barrymore. It opens September 14.

Opening on October 19 is “Dividing The Estate.” Pulitzer prize winning author Horton Foote’s Tony Award winning play is set in the fictional town of Harrison, Texas in 1987. The story focuses on the Gordons, a clan of malcontents ruled by the octogenarian matriarch, Stella. They must prepare for an uncertain future when plunging real estate prices and an unexpected tax bill impact the family fortune.

“Other People’s Money” opens January 18. It is Jerry Sterner’s funny, serious, suspenseful, involving, disturbing, and above all, expertly crafted satire of the excess of the 80’s. It was winner of the Outer Critics Circle award for best off-Broadway play.

“Doubt” starts on March 1. Did He Or Didn’t He? That’s the question that you will have to answer as all the elements come together like clockwork in John Patrick Shanley’s provocative play. A gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest’s behavior that’s less about scandal than about questions of moral certainty.

For April, it’s “The Fantasticks.” The show ran off Broadway for 50 years. It is a timeless love story that will come to life on the Antrim stage.

In April and May, is “The Sunshine Boys.” Neil Simon’s hilarious play focuses on aging Al Lewis and Willy Clark, a one time vaudevillian team known as Lewis and Clark, who, over the course of forty-odd years, not only grew to hate each other, but never spoke to each other offstage throughout the final year of their act.

Andreas says Antrim is offering membership where you can see all shows for under $15 each. All memberships are now only $89. After May 13, the cost will be $99. Purchase memberships at antrimplayhouse.com.