Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Mar 3-14: Laureen Smith in BEGGARS IN THE HOUSE OF PLENTY

Remember Mrs Kirby in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU last season? She opens tonight in a play by the author of DOUBT...

by John Patrick Shanley

Evolving Arts Collective opens its 2009 season with another John Patrick Shanley classic, Beggars in the House of Plenty. Shanley grapples with demons from his past in this gritty, surreal comedy. Dealing with the trials and hardships of family love in a way that is both funny and profoundly painful, Beggars is a play that resonates with audiences from all walks of life. It opens March 3rd, 2009 at The Beaumont Stage.

Johnny is the youngest and most sensitive of three siblings stranded in a surreal Irish Catholic household lorded over by their father, a butcher working in the Bronx, and their mother, a chipper, hope-mongering wreck of a woman. Johnny takes solace in pyromania and writing about his family. As Johnny matures, he becomes increasingly perceptive, revealing with more and more sympathy the underlying causes of so much family misery. In between Johnny's musings are raucous scenes of catastrophic violence; barely held in check by each character's submerged but instinctual need for the love of one another.

”Painfully funny…a memory play that is like Eugene O’Neil as seen through the eyes of Tennessee Williams influenced by Eugene Ionesco." — The New York Post

"crackles with the energy of artists who are going places…" — New York Times

Tickets 604-733-3783 ext. 305 or online

Doors are at 7:15 pm and the show starts promptly at 8 pm.
March 2nd Special preview night Monday – 2 for 1 ticket price
March 3rd Opening Night - Tuesday
March 4th – 8th Wednesday - Sunday
March 10th – 14th Tuesday - Saturday

The Beaumont Stage
316 W. 5th Avenue (@Alberta)

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