As always, Big Idea has selected plays that represent a wide variety of styles and themes. This season’s shows are an exciting mix of old and new comedies and dramas that will strike a chord with our audience. Whether they are timeless stories re-written for a modern audience, or modern stories written in a timeless fashion, these stories are provocative and entertaining.
Belinda has a dilemma: should she marry the poor but romantic poet, Claude Devenish, or the wealthy but stuffy statistician, Harold Baxter? Belinda and her daughter Delia concoct a plan. Delia poses as Belinda’s niece, Miss Robinson, and Devenish and Baxter are given a quest to find her (non-existent) father. The victor shall win Belinda’s hand in marriage. But what Belinda hasn’t counted on is the lost stranger who shows up at her garden gate and stirs up real feelings she’d long since forgotten.
In Wolves, two men’s folie à deux overtakes their small apartment and spills out onto city streets. When ex-boyfriend Jack brings a strange man home to woodland-obsessed Ben’s apartment, the Narrator can barely keep a lid on the looming violence. This “deconstruction” of the Little Red Riding Hood story is a darkly comic, predatory fairy tale for adults that explores the conflation of sex and fear in modern culture, the comfort of lava lamps, and the dangers of a handy axe.
In this brash reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions—and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that LIFE SUCKS! Or does it?