UPDATE: Review by Jillian Owens for the Austin Chronicle, July 12
Is Life Worth Living?
by Lennox Robinson
directed by Norman Blumensaadt
June 29 – July 21, 2012
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m.
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd map
Tickets are Pick your Price: $15, $20, $25, and $30.
For tickets call 478-5282. For information go to http://www.main.org/diffstages
Different Stages continues its 2011 - 2012 season with Is Life Worth Living? by Lennox Robinson. A traveling repertory troupe comes to a small village in Ireland and after a week or so of Ibsen, Chekhov, and Strindberg, the town is driven mad. Is Life Worth Living? is a gloriously goofy comedy that imagines the undesirable effects a steady diet of serious drama might have on the amiable residents of the provincial seaside town of Inish.
The leading actors of the traveling troupe are played by Mick Darcy (Humpty) and Lorella Loftus (Elizabeth, the Heart of a King). The hotelier, his sister, and his wife are played by Andy Brown (Inherit the Wind), and newcomers to Austin Mary Kennelly and Jean Budney. Playing the romantic leads are Gabriel Pena (The 21 Would be Lives of Phinea Hamm) and Alexandra Russo (Antarctica). The other cast members include, Bethany Harbaugh (The Children’s Hour), Jonathan Urso (Mornings at Seven), Steven Fay (Murder on the Nile) and Ben Weaver (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot), Freddy Carnes (The Hamlet Project) and Ryan Chody.
Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m.