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‘The Women’ at Buck Creek Playhouse, Mar. 21-30

'The Women' at Buck Creek Players Theatre.

‘The Women’ at Buck Creek Players Theatre.
Photo by Aaron B. Bailey provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Scott Robinson
Buck Creek Players

The Buck Creek Players will continue their 40th Anniversary Season “Fabulous at 40” with Clare Boothe Luce’s comedy, The Women, opening Friday, March 21 and running for two weekends through Sunday, March 30, 2014. Curtain times will be at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with 2:30 p.m. matinees offered on Sundays.

All performances will be held at the Buck Creek Playhouse on the southeast side of Indianapolis at 11150 Southeastern Avenue. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students (through college), and senior citizens (ages 62 and older). Reservations are recommended and may be reserved securely online with no added fees at www.buckcreekplayers.com, or by calling our automated reservation line at 317-862-2270. Group discounts are also available for parties of ten or more when purchased online.

A sinister commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of many wealthy Manhattan socialites and rising stars, it tells how gossip propels and damages their relationships. Written and set in the 1930s, it is still very relevant today. You always wanted to know what your best friends were saying about you behind your back? You often ask yourself why women usually powder their noses in pairs? Find out in Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women! Join a colorful group of women in their daily struggle to be good wives and mothers. Enter a world where intrigue and betrayal are as common as bridge and whiskey and soda.

The show opened on Broadway on December 21, 1936, and played to appreciative audiences for more than two years. Critics filled their reviews with nasty references, among them “malignant cats,” “female lice,” “Fleurs du Mal,” and the wonderfully delicious “cat o’ nine tongues.”

The play spans more than two years in the life of Mary Haines and her society friends. When a calculating gold digger gets her claws into Mary’s husband, she divorces him; two years later, she wins him back. That plot is enough to hang 35 characters from. All women, they represent Park Avenue ladies, their servants, and their aspirants.

The cast features:

Erikka Barker
Katie Beckstrom
Sheri Bowlen
Gloria Bray
Tracy Brunner
Paige Clark
Katie Cody
Melissa DeVito
Rebecca Droeger
Judy Duncan
Bita Eisenhut
Denise A. Fort
Nan Macy
Brigitte McCleary
Hannah Parnell
Morgan Patrick-Roof
Allison Reddick
Emily Schaab
Kaylee Spivey-Good
Ashley Walke

Joann White

Andrew Ranck returns to direct after most recently directing the Buck Creek Players production of Auntie Mame in 2011. Joining Ranck on the production team are Cheryl Kern (Producer), Lea VIney (Technical Director), Linda Rowand (Costume Designer), Jeff Rowand (Lighting Designer), Brian Cook (Stage Manager), Melissa DeVito (Properties), and Kaylee Spivey-Good (Production Assistant).

This production has been rated PG, and parental guidance is recommended for adult situations and language.

For more information or directions to the playhouse, please visit the theater’s website at www.buckcreekplayers.com, or call 317-862-2270.

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