The Windham Theatre Guild kicks off 2014 with another winning comedy production: The Love List written by Norm Foster. Foster is Canada’s most popular playwright, known for his familiar Neil Simon comedy style. WTG first introduced area theatre goers to Norm Foster with the production of Opening Night and then again with his hilarious Bedtime Stories. The Love List opens Friday, February 7th at the Burton Leavitt Theater.
Foster’s cleverly constructed script takes aim at aging singles and contemporary dating services by imagining what might happen when one man gets the chance to request his dream date and actually has the order filled. Bill, a shy, mild-mannered civil servant—divorced for seven years and dateless for almost as long—and his best friend Lee concoct a list of attributes for an ideal woman: the top ten qualities in a mate. When this alleged “ideal woman” actually arrives on the scene, the two friends quickly learn that their list could use a few revisions. Be careful what you wish for, especially in choosing a mate! This old adage leads to hilarious results in this sparkling comic hit.
David Smith, the play’s director, is excited to be making his directorial debut for the Guild. David is a B.A. Theatre Studies candidate at the University of Connecticut and has previously directed new play development projects at UConn. He also served as a dramaturg at Connecticut Repertory Theatre for The Miser, Spring Awakening, and O’Beautiful and as an Associate Production Manager during the 2013 Nutmeg Summer Series. Here at the Windham Theatre Guild, he appeared as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz as well as in the ensemble of The Secret Garden and Aida.
The Love List runs February 7th , 8th , 14th & 15th at 8:00pm, Thursday February 16th at 7:30pm, and Sunday Matinees on February 9th & 16th at 2:00pm at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main Street, Willimantic. Ticket prices are $18 for Adults, $15 for Students/Seniors, and $11 for children under 12. All UCONN, ECSU & QVCC students pay the discounted price of $12. Group discounts are also available. For reservations and information, call the Windham Theatre Guild at 860-423-2245 or buy your tickets on-line at windhamtheatreguild.org.