February 2, 2006


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Theater: A thing about love

MCT Players offers up a twisted tale of love

By Robert Greene rgreene@hippopress.com

Will Shakespeare probably said it best when he penned the line “Love alters when it alteration finds” but his success has stopped neither actors nor playwrights from seeking new ways to express it.

Love changes when it finds change — in other words, when the people doing the loving change. This theme is the root of every wacky midlife-crisis comedy, wife-kills-husband thriller and where-the-hell-did-the-missus-go mystery. That it keeps showing up in modern fiction and true crime is evidence of the theme’s universality.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Manchester Community Theatre Players are taking a crack at it, offering up the musical comedy The Thing About Men, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10-11.

Key to the action are advertising executive Tom Ambrose (played Gary Evans), a veteran philanderer, and his wife Lucy (played by Susan Schott). Tom’s life is thrown into a muddle when Lucy takes a romantic interest in Sebastian, a starving artist. Tom ends up moving in with Sebastian in an attempt to reclaim his relationship with Lucy. Hijinks and self-discovery ensue.

The supporting cast includes Arielle Kaplan, David Lemay, Kevin Potter and Sarah Houghton.

The show is produced and directed by Alan D. Kaplan and musically directed by Joseph B. Rojek.

The MCT players present three more shows this season, Deadline on April 7-8, Children of Eden Oct. 19-28 and Falsettos Dec. 8-10.

Tickets to The Thing About Men are $20 a pop, at the Palace Theatre Box Office (668-588). The show will run at the Manchester City Library auditorium.

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