“THIS” a play by Melissa James Gibson (House of Cards) opened on the St. Germain Stage of Barrington Stage Company last night and had most of the first night audience telling there friends “don’t miss THIS”, after leaving the theatre. When great ideas, words, and acting are heard in a theatre THIS is what happens. “THIS” runs thru August 27th. Another show at BSC that folks are telling friend “don’t miss this” is COMPANY which has it’s opening night on August 13th and runs thru Sept 3.
Directed by Louisa Proske (BSC’s Engagements, peerless) the cast of This includes Drama Desk nominee Julia Coffey (London Wall) as “Jane,” Erica Dorfler (Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) as “Marrell,” Eddie Boroevich (Ensemble Studio Theatre member) as “Tom,” Mark H. Dold (BSC’s Breaking the Code, Love Letters) as “Alan,” and Paris Remillard (Broadway’s HAIR) as “Jean-Pierre.”
At the center of This is Jane (Julia Coffey), a widow and single mom, who along with her circle of three friends, is warily approaching ‘middle age.’ As Jane’s long time friends—a jazz singer and carpenter struggling as new parents and an eccentric mnemonist, attempt to help Jane come to terms life without her husband, they begin to realize the unhappiness and lack of fulfillment in their own lives.
Members of the creative team include scenic designer Brian Prather, costume designer Tricia Barsamian, lighting designer Scott Pinkney and production stage manager Michael Andrew Rodgers, with original sound design by David Thomas.
This was first presented by Playwrights Horizons in New York in December 2009.
(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this show go to Broadwayworld.com)