Hendersonville Community Theatre continues its critically-acclaimed 53rd season with two of Durang’s most popular one acts, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls and ‘dentity Crisis, combined together into one night of bizarre hilarity. These crackpot comedies both turn family upside down in a way that only Christopher Durang can.
For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls
In this parody of THE GLASS MENAGERIE, the fading Southern belle, Amanda, tries to prepare her hyper-sensitive, hypochondriacal son, Lawrence, for “the feminine caller.” Terrified of people, Lawrence plays with his collection of glass cocktail stirrers. Ginny, the feminine caller, is hard of hearing and overbearingly friendly. Brother Tom wants to go the movies, where he keeps meeting sailors who need to be put up in his room. Amanda tries to face everything with “charm and vivacity,” but sometimes she just wants to hit somebody.
Recovering from a nervous breakdown, Jane is nursed and nagged by her relentlessly cheerful mother, and confused by her oversexed brother—who keeps changing into her father, her grandfather and her mother’s French lover. Eventually all (including Jane’s psychiatrist, who undergoes a sex change operation and swaps places with his wife) change characters again and become Jane herself—leaving her with no identity at all and pointing up the near impossibility of self-identification in our uncertain times.
Directed by Beth Bristol with stage manager Mae Freeman. For Whom the Southern Bell Toll features Charlene Spinks as Amanda, Jonathan Forrester as Lawrence, Clay Gaitskill as Tom, Lauren Campbell as Ginny. ‘dentiry Crisis cast includes Lauren Campbell as Jane, Charlene Spinks as Edith Fromage, Clay Gaitskill as Robert, Chris Swain as Mr. Summers and Dru Dykes as Woman.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount.
This production is made possible by the Hendersonville Times-News, Printville, WTZQ, and Big Frog Custom T-shirts.
Hendersonville Community Theatre is celebrating its 53rd season as Hendersonville’s official community theater. HCT provides an inviting and nurturing environment, as well as high-quality, affordable entertainment, for the residents of Hendersonville and surrounding areas.