Douglas Carter Beane’s The Little Dog Laughed, a scathingly funny, of-the-moment show, will open May 3 at The Little Theatre.
Originally produced off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theater, the story features well-known actor Mitchell (being played for the Town Players of Newtown production by Miles Everett of Thomaston), who becomes involved in a physical relationship with hustler Alex (Todd Santa Maria, Cheshire). As a result, Diane (Karen Pope, Bridgewater), his acerbic agent, is concerned that Mitchell’s “slight recurring case of homosexuality” will put the kibosh on his career. Meanwhile, Alex’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Ellen (Carly Phypers, Brewster) worries that she may be losing Alex permanently.
The New York Times said of the work: “The comedy of manners, a theatrical form widely believed to be long extinct in the American theater, has actually resurfaced on Broadway with all its vital signs intact.”
David Bass of Danbury, who made his Town Players directorial debut last fall, returns To the Little Theatre to direct. In addition to Mr Bass, the production crew includes producers Marla Manning of Easton and Pam Meister Jones of Newtown, stage manager Lynn Alexander of Southbury, assistant stage manager Sam Wall of Monroe, backstage assistant Erica Redfern of Monroe, lights and sound operator Sean Gantwerker of Ridgefield, set designers Dana Cole and Jeffrey Santo of Norwalk, costume designer Barbara Norman of Brookfield, and lighting designer Claudia Toth of Newtown.
Parents should note that The Little Dog Laughed is a comedy that contains mature adult themes and language. It may not be suitable for audience members under age 16.
Performances will runs May 3-25, with curtain at 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, and with 2 pm matinees on Sundays, May 12 and 19.
Tickets are $20 for the evening shows, and $15 for the matinees.
Please note that Friday, May 3, is a sold-out benefit performance; call 203-270-9144 for details.
Reservations may be made by calling the box office at 203-270-9144 or by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, visit www.NewtownPlayers.org or email email@example.com.
Town Players’ Little Theatre is a community theater, currently in its 78th season. The Little Theatre is at 18 Orchard Hill Road.