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 http://www.belfastmaskers.com 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.
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