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Autumn Production 2013 - "Greener Grass"

Losing IT by Derek Webb, "Mixed Doubles" by Georges Feydeau, "DMV Tyrant" by Christopher Durang, "The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish" by David Tristram

"Losing It" by Derek Webb,

Directed by Diana Zuger, with Cathy Barker and Jacob Dixon

Jack is an actor who’s lost for words.  Now he’s also lost his leading lady – and the way things are going, he’s also losing the plot and he feels he might be on the verge of losing his mind too.  Things start off well enough until it’s clear that Jack’s other actor has not turned up.  His attempt to keep the play going soon gets too much for one member of the audience, who begins remon-strating with him then gets sucked into appearing in the play herself.

"Mixed Doubles" by Georges Feydeau, directed by Suzan Wilson-Sladek, with Fabrice Borruat as Albert, Edward Atkinson as Bordeleau, Wendy Monard as Clémentine, David Laurie as Pompe-Nicole, Preeti Desai as Philomèle and Katharine Wuscher as Aphrodite

Set at Chez Dominique, a fashionable restaurant.  The action takes place in the private dining room.  Couples collide in this comedic one-act when two would-be seducers decide to share a dining room.  But are their companions really who they seem?  From the mind of Georges Feydeau, an undisputed master of farce springs a portrait of a double date gone hilariously awry.

Pompe-Nicole and Bordeleau arrive at Chez Dominique, where they encounter an overly-friendly maitre d’ and his winsome wife.  But madness ensues when their dates turn out not to be the ladies they appear.  Everyone is a target and no one escapes unscathed from Feydeau’s hilariously biting critique of class and seduction.


"DMV Tyrant" by Christopher Durang,

Directed by Josh Malik with Maureen Vittery as Customer and Danielle Zammit as Employee

A customer wishes to renew her driving license, though all proof of her ever taking the test has disappeared.  Sadly her helper at window no.7 is too interested in just about anything else other than helping her.

"The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish" by David Tristram,

Directed by Zuzana Cox, with Joy Scherer, Elizabeth Shaw and David Cox

For Henry Smith - actor, raconteur, sporting hero, leading socialite, business tycoon, secret agent, casanova and acting President of the United States - life was rarely dull.  For Alice Smith, housewife - life was rarely anything else.  Enter Michel - French waiter - tall, dark and available.  Exactly what happened next, no-one’s quite sure.  Except that it involved a rotting melon, a deckchair and a bottle of neck-rub.  Fantasy blurs into reality.  Secret passions explode.

And two worlds which seem a million miles apart are suddenly on a collision course.  It could only happen to Henry & Alice.  And only their pet goldfish, Orca, and you, will ever know the true story.


Producer: Peter Hilton


  You can view the Programme here

Venue: Theater Arlecchino, Amerbacherstrasse, Basel

31 October & 1/2/7/8/9 November 2013

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