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Monday, February 7, 2011

"Well" @ Pygmalion Theatre (SLC: Feb 24 - March 12)

Fran Pruyn
Pygmalion Theatre Company
Ph: 801-971-4362
Pygmalion Theatre Company presents “Well” by Lisa Kron
Salt Lake City, Utah – January 29, 2011: Pygmalion Productions presents the Salt Lake City premiere of “Well” by Lisa Kron, February 24 through March, 12 at the Rose Wagner Theatre.
The recipient of two Tony Award nominations, “Well” is a comedic narrative that plays with theatrical conventions as it explores big themes: mothers and daughters, wellness and will, racism and community health, and more. 
“Well” stars two brilliant Utah actresses, Cheryl Gaysunas Williams as the playwright Lisa Kron, and Anne Cullimore Decker as her mother, Jane. The playwright places herself on stage with her mother along with a chorus of four actors. To the delight of the audience, mother Jane and the chorus continually subvert Kron’s plans and intentions for the play, sometimes breaking out of character, challenging her assumptions about her own biographical narrative and forcing her to react to ideas and motives she has not considered.

Ben Brantley of The New York Times said,

            “Well” turns out to be about the mystery of human personalities, even and especially those of the people you think you know intimately…


What makes "Well" much more than a clever, deconstructed theatrical riff is the way it keeps surprising itself with glimpses of an emotional depth, both murky and luminous, that goes beyond any tidy narrative….


Now that Spalding Gray is gone, Ms. Kron may well be the best stand-up memoirist of the American theater. She has an inspired gift for spinning the depths of personal mortification into high-flying comedy, a trait in evidence a decade ago in her "101 Humiliating Stories" and still alive and kicking in “Well.”


Directed by Jason Bowcutt, “Well” also features Betsy West, Carnell Cummings, Jesse Peery, and Dee Dee Darby Duffin.  Duffin returns to the Pygmalion stage after her widely acclaimed performance last year as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.”


All shows at the Rose Wagner Center for the Arts - 138 W. Broadway. Tickets are available through ArtTix 801-355-ARTS.
Pygmalion Theatre Company produces plays that reflect concerns, issues and experiences shared by women, with three shows each season: Fall, Winter and Spring.

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