Two theaterical productions are underway this weekend in Crescent City: “Women in Jeopardy” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Found Agate Theatre presents “Women in Jeopardy,” a fast-paced comedy of errors by Wendy McLeod starring Kirsten Randrup, Ruthe Rhodes, Jessica Niemi, Anthony Trombetti and Sonia Cuellar-Cobb.
“Women in Jeopardy” is a statement about the way society looks at images of women, Randrup said, who directed the play along with Ron Cole.
“It’s about three friends in their 40s and they’re all divorced,” Randrup said. “One gets a new boyfriend and the other two don’t like him. They suspect he may have a dark (secret) and they feel their friend needs protection and help. I’m going to play the friend with the boyfriend.”
Meanwhile, Lighthouse Repertory Theatre tackles Edward Albee’s classic play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Susan Daugherty and Howard Patterson play middle-aged married couple Martha and George who draw younger couple Nick and Honey into their bitter relationship. Steven Scruggs and Elizabeth Coburn play Nick and Honey.
According to director Kurt Kurtis, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” begins with Martha and George’s bickering with each other and it gets worse as the play goes on.
“You don’t know what’s real and what’s not,” he said. “It’s an actor’s play. There’s 111 pages of dialog between four people.”
Although rehearsals have been held in the Ben Franklin building for about six weeks, the actors have been learning and practicing their lines for nearly four months, Daugherty said.
Daugherty said her character, Martha, who has been portrayed on the big screen by Elizabeth Taylor, spent her life trying to impress her father. Martha wants to show her father that even though she’s not male, she’s still bright and capable and tries to gain his approval by marrying George.
Even though George ultimately turns out to disappoint Martha, Daugherty said, there is still genuine affection and love between the two, but the audience can’t always see it.
“She’s a complex character,” Daugherty said.
Kurtis added that most actresses want to play Martha at some point in their careers.
“She’s a bucket list character,” he said. “The same for George.”
Kurtis called “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” one of the great plays of the American stage and said LRT’s production is a tribute to Albee, who died in 2016. He also added that people seeing the play for the first time shouldn’t expect it to be the same as the 1966 film adaptation, which also starred Richard Burton as George.
“The movie is dark and depressing,” he said. “The comedy didn’t shine as much as in the play.”
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” plays is the Ben Franklin building at 1072 Third St. in Crescent City.
Performances are at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 27. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors and available at Del Norte Office Supply in Crescent City or at the door.
“Women in Jeopardy” plays at Pacific Northwest Physical Therapy, 225 I St., Crescent City. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 28. Tickets are $15 general admission or $12 for students and senior citizens and available at Del Norte Office Supply. For more information, call 512-289-0086.