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Mad Cow sets community-giving night for arts-ed group

A portion of the proceeds from Thursday night’s performance of Circle Mirror Transformation, at Mad Cow Theatre, will go to the Florida Alliance for Arts Education. Here’s more:

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Theater review: ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ at Mad Cow

By Elizabeth Maupin
Elizabeth Maupin on Theater

 

Mark Edward Smith, Jay T. Becker, Marty Stonerock, Becky Lane and Jolie Hart in 'Circle Mirror Transformation'

E.M. Forster put it baldly: “Only connect.”

But connections between people do not happen so easily – not in Forster’s classic novels, and not in Annie Baker’s wry, elliptical new comedy, Circle Mirror Transformation. The connections between people are fraught with complications, as you’ll see in this sweet-tempered little play set in an adult-ed acting class in small-town Vermont.

At Mad Cow Theatre, director Michael Marinaccio doesn’t answer all the questions put forth in Baker’s enigmatic script, which was first performed off-Broadway in 2009. But he and five terrific actors fill in the blanks – not with words, but with emotions, both subtle and raw, that flicker across their faces.

Rebekah Lane (Theresa), Jolie Hart (Lauren) and Jay T. Becker (Schultz) perform a creative-drama game, while Marty Stonerock (Marty) coaches them and Mark Edward Smith (James) looks on.

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Mad Cow announces ‘Circle Mirror’ and ‘Freud’ casting

Mad Cow Theatre has a spate of newish plays coming up, and casts for the first two have been announced.

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Mad Cow announces a new play, shifts its schedule

Freud’s Last Session, a current off-Broadway hit, will fill the remaining to-be-announced slot in Mad Cow Theatre’s current season. The show, by playwright Mark St. Germain (Camping With Henry and Tom) will be presented March 11-April 3 in Mad Cow’s smaller theater, Stage Right.

The play tells the story of a meeting between Sigmund Freud and the much younger academic C.S. Lewis, who expects to be scolded for making fun of Freud in a recent book but finds out that the famous psychoanalyst has a more significant reason for wanting to meet.

St. Germain’s play had its premiere in Massachusetts in 2009 and opened off-Broadway last summer. Despite having to close in December because its theater was booked for another play, Freud’s Last Session proved to be so popular with audiences that the play reopened in January.

Because of scheduling for Freud’s Last Session, Mad Cow is juggling some of the remainder of its season. Here’s the new schedule:

  • Freud’s Last Session, March 11-April 3, Stage Right.
  • Circle Mirror Transformation, March 18-April 17, Stage Left (dates have shifted).
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, June 10-July 10, Stage Left (dates remain the same).
  • Rashomon, June 17-July 10, Stage Right (dates have shifted).
  • Legacy of Light, July 29-Aug. 28, Stage Left (dates remain the same).
  • The Understudy, Aug. 5-28, Stage Right (dates remain the same).

Details: 407-297-8788 Ext. 1 or madcowtheatre.com.

Playwrights coming to Atlantic Center

Here’s big news for local playwrights and theater lovers.

Atlantic Center for the Arts is doing an artist-in-residence program focusing on playwrights this season, and big-deal playwrights Dael Orlandersmith, right, and Annie Baker, below right, will be among the three writers who will be working there during the summer of 2011.

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