The fast-paced show plays out over a number of short scenes in a variety of locales.

Belfast Maskers performs comedy “Wonder of the World”

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    BELFAST — Belfast Maskers' second show of 2023 is a dark comedy from the twisted mind of David Lindsay-Abaire (“Kimberly Akimbo” “Good People” “Rabbit Hole”)

    “With elements of farce, satire, and character-driven situation comedy, “Wonder of the World” aims to have audiences rolling in the aisles at 17 Court Street in Belfast,” said Belfast Maskers, in a news release.

    “I was initially looking for a classic farce to present in the Spring,” said director Erik Perkins, “and this ain’t it. But this more contemporary piece hits a lot of the same laugh-out-loud notes. I’ve always been a big fan of Abaire’s work and came across this lesser-known play of his, read it, and fell in love with the absurd world he created.”

    The action of the play revolves around a housewife named Cass (Katie Glessner) who suddenly decides to abandon her life with husband Kip (Rob Bywater) and embark on a journey of discovery. That journey takes her
    to, of all places, Niagara Falls where it turns into a wild, wet ride as she tries to cross off things, and people, form her “to do” list.

    The first person she meets is a suicidal alcoholic named Lois (Andrea Itkin) who begrudgingly agrees to be her sidekick. Situations escalate and hilarity ensues as they encounter a ship’s captain (Mark Durbin), two self-described “dabblers” (Meg Nickerson and Eric Sanders) that keep mysteriously appearing, a dizzy helicopter pilot (Jeri Misler), and a slew of other oddballs.

    The fast-paced show plays out over a number of short scenes in a variety of locales. Set designer John Bielenberg took on that challenge, developing a set with moving pieces that utilize every inch of the Basil Burwell Community Theater's stage.

    "Wonder of the World" opens on Thursday, May 25 with a Preview Night performance featuring $10 tickets.

    The run continues through June 4, with 7 p.m. performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and 2 p.m. shows on Sundays; there is an additional matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 3.

    This show contains crude language and mature situations that may not be appropriate for children.

    Tickets are available at or at the theater, one hour before each performance. Seating is limited so advanced ticketing is encouraged, and there is a discount online of 15% when 6 or more tickets are purchased.

    Event Date: 

    Thu, 05/25/2023 - 7:00pm
    Fri, 05/26/2023 - 7:00pm
    Sat, 05/27/2023 - 7:00pm
    Thu, 06/01/2023 - 7:00pm
    Fri, 06/02/2023 - 7:00pm
    Sat, 06/03/2023 - 7:00pm

    Event Location: 

    Basil Burwell Community Theater


    17 Court Street
    Belfast, ME 04915
    United States