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Dirty Blonde (A Play with Music)

By Claudia Shear
Original score by Bob Stillman
February 2 thru 11 (9 performances)

Winner! 2000 Theatre World Award 
Nominee! 2000 Tony® Award for Best Play 
Nominee! 2000 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play

A funny, bawdy New York hit with dream roles for actors, Dirty Blonde combines transformation and drama with a fabulous dollop of show biz magic. “Hands down the best new American play of the season…Take off your hats, boys Mae West is back on Broadway…in a compact Rolls Royce of a vehicle…written by Claudia Shear…This is no evening of mere impersonation…. Dirty Blonde is a multilayered study of the nature of stardom, as experienced by one of its avatars and two adoring fans. Shaped with remarkable fluidity and inventiveness, Dirty Blonde presents one of the canniest portraits on record of that floating dialogue between icons and idolizers that remains so much a part of American culture…Ms. Shear finds the enduring substance in the smoke and mirrors of one actress’s stardom, allowing Mae West to shock and delight once again.” – The New York Times


The Cocktail Hour

By A.R. Gurney
March 23 thru April 1 (9 performances)

THE STORY: The time is the mid ’70s, the place a city in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family’s house, bringing with him a new play, which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. For them the theatre is personified by the gracious, comforting era of the Lunts and Ina Claire, and they are disturbed by the bluntness of modern plays. And there is also John’s sister, Nina, to contend with, although her reservations have to do with the fact that John has given her character such a minor role. Their confrontation takes place during the ritual of the cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant. In the end it is evident that what John has written is closer to the truth than his family has heretofore been willing to admit, and that beneath their WASP reserve his parents and siblings are as beset with uncertainties and frustrations as their presumed “inferiors.” But while they seem shackled by the past, and tantalized by an alien future, the ties which bind them do prevail—surmounting disputes and disappointments and, with unfailing warmth and humor, converting pained resignation into cautious but hopeful anticipation.

Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Off-Broadway Play. A long-run New York success, this witty, perceptive play blends mordant humor with moments of affecting poignancy. “THE COCKTAIL HOUR is as funny and moving as The Dining Room…it could be the best play he has done so far.” —The New Yorker. “It makes for a deliciously funny and also occasionally touching evening, as Gurney’s family sit around raking over old coals and settling old scores with a quite new and beguiling freshness.” —NY Post. “The lines in the play crackle and pop with an electricity all their own.” —Drama-Logue. “…when I watch Gurney at his best, as he is here, I laugh through the tears.” —NY Daily News.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This dazzling array of some of Sondheim’s best-known songs features numbers from landmark shows that revolutionized the musical theatre with their masterful craft and astounding creativity: COMPANY, FOLLIES, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE and PACIFIC OVERTURES, not to mention the classics written with musical theatre giants Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers, WEST SIDE STORY, GYPSY, and DO I HEAR A WALTZ? Also included are delectable rarities from the television musical Evening Primrose, the film The Seven Percent Solution and the hit revue The Mad Show.  Read more

Buyer and Cellar

MAR 27 – APR 5, 2015

Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., Alex takes a job working in the Malibu basement “shopping mall” of a beloved “Funny Girl” megastar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs?

Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs. Coyote StageWorks is proud to be one of the first smaller theaters granted the rights to perform this play while it is still playing in New York and on a National Tour. Read more