Wednesday, October 11, 2006

0607 Jobsite Play Series opens tomorrow!

The Jobsite Theater, resident theater company of the Shimberg Playhouse, officially opens their 2006 - 2007 season tomorrow evening with Martin McDonagh's brutally dark comedy-drama The Pillowman.

This multi-award winning play had a stellar run on Broadway featuring heavyweights Jeff Goldblum, Billy Crudup and Zeljko Ivanek. Jobsite's southeastern US premiere features local favorite Paul Potenza, Jobsite regular Ryan McCarthy, Jobsite newcomer (but no stranger to area stages) Steve Garland and Matt Lunsford who has also been seen on several area stages over the years.

Two quotes that really provide excellent soundbites:

"It's JonBenet meets 'Of Mice and Men' in Abu Ghraib" - Chicago Tribune

"This makes Wes Craven look like Mother Goose" - The Guardian

PLEASE NOTE: This play is NOT for the faint of heart or the easily offended. The warnings for this show read like a litany of everything nasty that could appear in a play - graphic depictions of violence (with copious amounts of blood), adult language (particular the F-bomb and it's gerund cousin), adult subject matter, strobe lights, cigarette smoke and prop gunfire.

Between the intense subject matter and how it's presented on stage in a small room and the long run time (the first act is 1:35 and the second act is just under one hour) we certainly expect walkouts and those who don't last past intermission. We feel like we're in good company though, the Broadway production had the same issues with an all-star cast in a city that eats and sleeps with it's theater.

Matt Lunsford, who plays Detective Tupolski, was recently interviewed on the Jobsite blog (Blogsite Theater). Check out his thoughts on the piece here.

Tickets are at a premium right now for opening weekend, so advance sales are strongly encouraged. Once a theater that lived on walkup, Jobsite has established a pattern of very strong presales often resulting in shows that are sold out well before curtain.


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