The Curry Coastal Pilot

Brookings Harbor Community Theater announces that opening night was a success for its presentation of the award-winning romantic comedy "Enchanted April."

Three more chances remain to see this production. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16. Performances are at the Harbor Performing Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for students. Tickets are available at New Wave Video in Harbor and Wright's Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings. For more information and reservations, call 541-661-2473.

The play, written by Matthew Barber, is based on the novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim, won the 2003 John Gassner award for outstanding new American Play and a Tony Award.

The story - which features eight actors from Gasquet, Brookings and Gold Beach under the direction of Lynette McPherson - takes place in 1920s London and tells of two discontented housewives; Lottie Wilton, played by Stephanie La Torre, and Rose Arnott, played by Barbara Holmes, who decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages.

They recruit two very different English women to share the cost - a bitter elderly woman, the "Grande Dame" Mrs. Graves, played by Anne Tlacker-Hall, and a young socialite, Lady Caroline Bramble, played by Nickie Chirelli.

In the story, they all fall under the spell of Bella Italia, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, blooming and rediscovering themselves in ways that they - and the audience - could never have expected, according to Dramatists Play Service.

Additional characters include Mellerich Wilton (Tony La Torre), Fredrick Arnott (Evan Wise), Anthony Wilding (Josiah Wise) and Italian housekeeper Costanza, played by Jan Norman.