“It’s not true that if you try hard enough you’ll prevail in the end.” – Daniel
The Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan directed by Laura Jones on the Tom Sutherland Stage February 2 thru February 24, 2019.
Bas Bleu’s founding Artistic Director, Wendy Ishii, is the lead as Lonergan’s grandmother in The Waverly Gallery. Gladys, the elderly matriarch of the Green family, has run an art gallery in a small Greenwich Village hotel for many years. The management wants to replace her less-than-thriving gallery with a coffee shop. Always irascible but now increasingly erratic, Gladys is a cause of concern to her daughter, her son-in-law, and her grandson, from whose point of view this poignant memory play is told. A wacky and heartrending look at the effect of senility on a family.
This exceptionally talented and dedicated cast of five masterfully presents Lonergan’s complex and complicated characters. Lonergan writes what he calls ‘simultaneous dialogue’ –interconnected and overlapping conversations with comic timing. “Wendy Ishii does an incredible job of acting through the simultaneous dialogue moments in the play,” says the director, Laura Jones.
Jones recently retired from Colorado State University, where she taught and directed for 24 years as a professor in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. She also has served on the Advisory Board for Bas Bleu since 1993, and directed the inaugural productions for both the original Bas Bleu location at 214 Pine (a double-bill of Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape and Happy Days) and the opening of the current renovated Giddings Building (Tony Kushner’s Angels in America).
*Post-show talkbacks are Sunday, February 17 and Thursday, February 21.
Ticket Prices are $13-$20 Thursdays at 6:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm
Complimentary Preview 1/31/19 and Pay-What-You-Will 2/1/19
Call Bas Bleu Theatre to reserve a seat today. Space is limited. 970.498.8949
Bas Bleu Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.