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ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Different Stages at Vortex Repertory, November 22 - December 14, 2013 Print E-mail


Different Stages
Joseph Kesselring’s
Arsenic and Old Lace
November 22 – December 14
The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m.
No performance on Thanksgiving November 28
Added performance on Wednesday December 11
“Pick your Price: $15, $20, $25, $30
Different Stages opens its 2013-2014 season with the classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. Drama critic Mortimer Brewster must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to relieving the loneliness of old men by inviting them in for a nice glass of homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide. Add to the mix his two brothers - one who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt, and one who is a serial killer. Toss in a police officer who thinks he's a playwright, sprinkle in a few corpses and you have one of the most hilarious and enduring comedies in American theater. The New York Times called Arsenic and Old Lace "so funny that none of us will ever forget it."!

Directed by Norman Blumensaadt (Night Must Fall) Arsenic and Old Lace features Jennifer Underwood (Well) and Karen Jambon (The Skin of Our Teeth) as the Brewster sisters. Tyler Jones (Little Shop of Horrors) plays Mortimer and Sara Danko plays his fiancé. His brother Teddy is played by Michael Harlan (La Cage aux folles) and his gangster brother Jonathan is played by Steven Fay. Also in the cast are Mick D’Arcy, Andy Brown, and Sebastian Garcia (You Can’t Take it with You), Porter Gandy(Good People) Mike Dellens and Grayson Little.

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. No performance on Thanksgiving Thursday November 28 and added performance on Wednesday December 11. Tickets are Pick your Price: $15, $20, $25, and $30.

For tickets and information call 512-478-5282

2013-2014 Different Stages Theatre Season, Austin Print E-mail

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Different Stages 2013-2014 Season

Arsenic and Old Lace
by Joseph Kesselring
November 22- December 14, The Vortex 2307 Manor Rd.

The year is 1941. The location is a small house next to a cemetery in Brooklyn. In this house live two kind, thoughtful, sweet old ladies, Martha and Abby Brewster who have cultivated an interesting pastime. For the Brewster family, insanity runs in the blood. These two sweet old aunts take it upon themselves to poison lonely old men with nothing to live for, as an act of charity. While their nephew Mortimer, a newlywed, tries to negotiate his way around the shenanigans of the house, while keeping his bride from fleeing. Shady brother Jonathan returns from a world adventure involving nefarious means of changing his appearance to allude capture, while bugle-blowing brother Teddy, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, is charged with burial duties ... in the cellar. One of the most popular plays in the history of American theater, this classic comedy by Joseph Kesselring is murder most funny.

The Language Archive
by Julia Cho
January 10-February 1, City Theater 3823 Airport, Suite D.

George is a linguist who can't find the words to keep his marriage from falling apart. His lonely assistant is so desperately in love with him that she tries to learn Esperanto, an ancient language thought to be lost forever, to tell him so. Meanwhile, George attempts to record the last two speakers of Esperanto, an aging couple, only to learn that they plan to spend the rest of their lives arguing ... in English. Will their language perish forever out of spite? Language and love are the twin themes of this loopy excursion into the difficulty of finding words for what lies in our hearts. A Susan Smith Blackburn Prize winner, this lyrical, quirky comedy offers a gorgeous look at the power of words and the private languages that love inspires.

Child's Play
by Robert Marasco
April 4- April 26, City Theater, 3823 Airport, Suite D.

The play centers on the rivalry between two faculty members at St. Charles, an exclusive RomanCatholic boarding school for boys. Joe Dobbs is an easy-going, well-liked English teacher, while Latin and Greek instructor Jerome Malley is feared and hated by his students for his strict disciplinary methods. Malley is caring for his dying mother, and his stress is exacerbated by a series of threatening phone calls and written notes he receives. He's certain Dobbs is the source, but his caustic personality prevents him from winning any sympathy or support. Into the fray comes Paul Reese, a former student who has been hired to teach PE, and he soon finds his loyalty torn between the friendly Dobbs and Malley, as he becomes increasingly aware of the latter's personal torments. Compounding his situation is the realization that the unbridled violence practiced by the students may be the result of demonic possession.

by George Bernard Shaw
June 27 - July 19, The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd.

In this classic tale, one of George Bernard Shaw's most beloved comedies of manners, wiley Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle finds herself in the right place at the right time, just as arrogant phonetician Henry Higgins makes a friendly wager that he can transform her guttersnipe speech and manners to pass her off as the epitome of English society at an ambassador's ball by teaching her to assume a veneer of gentility, the most important element of which, he believes is impeccable speech. The story was later adapted into the popular musical My Fair Lady. Shaw's original tale is not one of romance, but of beauty, class and power. As comedic and satirical today as it was then, Pygmalion will have you wondering what truly makes a person beautiful.
Ongoing: Is Life Worth Living? by Lennox Robinson, Different Stages at the Vortex Repertory, June 29 - July 21 Print E-mail


UPDATE: Review by Jillian Owens for the Austin Chronicle, July 12

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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

Different Stages Announces 2012-2013 Season Print E-mail

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announces its 2012-2013 season:

You Can’t Take It With You

by George Kaufman and Moss Hart

November - December 2012

The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd

Director-Mick Darcy

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this comedy introduces us to the Sycamores, a family that delights in eccentricity.  They may seem mad, but they show us that those who pursue convention for its own sake and who need to conform to society’s conventions are the maddest of us all.  This play about living life to the fullest, following your own dreams, and daring to be unconventional has been a perennial since its debut in 1936.


by Douglas Wright

January 2013,

City Theater, 3823 Airport, Suite D

Director-Norman Blumensaadt

Sex. Perversion. Violence.  These are the themes of the tales that drip from the ink-laden quills of the notoriously irreverent Marquis de Sade in this Obie Award winning play. Confined to the Charneton Asylum for the Insane for the outlandish escapades he’d committed during the Napoleonic Era, the Marquis continues to pen his stories to the delight of the young seamstress, Madeleine, and to the scorn of Charenton’s devout Abbe DuCoulmeir.  When the Abbe attempts to silence the Marquis by taking his quills, his ink, and his paper, something intriguing occurs: the Marquis still finds a way to voice his scandalous yarns.  As the Abbe’s religious devotion clashes with the Marquis’s dedication to freedom of expression, the audience is treated to a tale of wit, irony, blasphemy, philosophy, and the struggle for power told partly as a blend of comedy of manners and Grand Guignol with a dash of grotesque exaggeration and a soupcon of gore.

Good People

by David Lindsay-Abaire

April – May; City Theate

3823 Airport, Suite D

Director-Karen Jambon

With humor and pathos, Good People, explores the struggles, shifting loyalties, and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.  Set in Boston’s Southie neighborhood, where a night on the town means a rousing night of bingo, where this month’s paycheck barely covers last month’s bills, we meet Margaret Walsh.  Margaret has lost her job, is facing eviction, and scrambling to catch a break.  When she re-acquaints with a friend from the old neighborhood, someone who is now a very successful doctor, she attempts to use their childhood acquaintance as a ticket to turning her life around.  Good People is tough and tender and explores the tension of class in America.  Pending availability of performance rights.

Child’s Play

by  Robert Marasco

June – July

The Vortex,  2307 Manor Rd

Director-Bob Tolaro

Something is amiss in a Catholic boys’ boarding school.  The students have become sinister, furtive, and conspiratorial as they steal up and down staircases after hours.  The menace erupts in savagery as the students torture one of their members and then another and then….  What is the disease that has settled in their souls?  Who is torturing the crotchety classics professor by sending obscene photographs to his dying mother?  And why? - The answer is hate in its devilish forms of pride, envy, and jealousy- a hate so perverse that is has infested the students and the staff.  The New York Times called this play “a powerful melodrama the will thrill audiences for a long time to come.” Pending availability of performance rights.


Images by Bret Brookshire forOngoing: Murder on the Nile by Agatha Christie, Different Stages, April 13 - May 5 Print E-mail


Images by Bret Brookshire for the

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production of

Murder on the Nile

by Agatha Christie

directed by Normal Blumensaadt

April 13 – May 5, Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m.,  Sundays at 3 p.m.
City Theater, 3823 Airport Blvd., Ste. D (click for map)
“Pick your Price:  $15, $20, $25, $30

For tickets and information go to the Different Stages website.

Different Stages continues its 2011 - 2012 season with one of Dame Agatha's most popular mysteries. Simon Mostyn has recently married Kay Ridgeway, a rich, beautiful woman, having thrown over his former lover Jacqueline. The couple are on their honeymoon and are at present on a paddle steamer on the Nile. With them is Canon Pennefather, Kay's guardian, and Jacqueline, who has been dogging their footsteps all through the honeymoon. Also on the boat are a rich, ill tempered woman with her niece and companion, a rather direct young man, a Doctor who nurses a grudge against Kay's father and Kay's maid. During the voyage, well, you'll just have to see what happens.




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Directed by Norman Blumensaadt, Murder on the Nile features Joe Hartman (Too Many Husbands) as Simon, Carrie Stephens (The Night of the Iguana) as Kay Ridgeway, and Martina Ohlhauser (Too Many Husbands) as Jacqueline. Don Owen (Our Town) plays Kay’s guardian. Susan Roberts (Humble Boy) plays the ill-tempered woman and Lainey Murphy (Peer Gynt) plays her niece. Steven Fay (Getting Married) plays the doctor and Christl Climans (Planet of the Mermaids) plays Kay’s maid. Rounding out the cast are Craig Kanne and Wade Russell.

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