3 Outstanding Productions
Coming to the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center
March 4th thru March 13th
Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award, Educating Rita is a thoughtful and heartwarming comedy about the positive changes that friendship and learning can effect in a person's life. When married hairdresser Rita enrolls in a university course to expand her horizons, little does she realize where the journey will take her. Frank is a tutor of English in middle age whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright hairdresser who is eager to learn. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the knowledge she so craves. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the life-affirming confidence she seeks.
July 22nd thru July 31st
Barney Cashman is fifty-seven, happily married, the father of three children, and a successful businessman when he realizes that his life is passing him by. Barney has come to the realization that his whole life can be summed up in one word: nice. And Barney has realized that “nice” simply isn’t enough. He wants to experience his secret fantasies and dreams at least once, and so he determines to change this. We follow our hero as he takes part in a cascading series of side-splitting comedic errors and miscalculations that could only be conceived by the brilliant mind of Neil Simon. He makes several attempts at seduction, only to learn that it is much more complicated and difficult than he could have ever imagined. Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers examines what it means to grow older, and asks the question, “What do you do when it seems as if your life hasn’t been fully lived?”
Sept 16th through Sept 25th
A sharp and incisive look into the nature of relationships, Harold Pinter’s Betrayal bristles with poetic precision, rich humor and extraordinary emotional force. This Nobel Prize winning play illuminates a triangle that begins when long time lovers Jerry and Emma meet after her marriage to her husband Robert dissolves, and then backtracks all the way to when their affair first began. As the years spin backwards, a complex web of secrets about the trio emerges and calls into question the nature of their intimacy -- as friends, as partners, and as spouses. A play about love, lust, and time, Betrayal poetically explores the fascinating rift between memory and reality.
Texas Repertory Theatre Co.
P.O. Box 11486 Spring, TX 77391 281-583-7575