Absurd comedy plays at Ovation Stage

By June 28, 2013

SACRAMENTO — The Ovation Stage welcomes the premiere of “Why Torture Is Wrong, and The People Who Love Them” by the American playwright known for works of outrageous and often absurd comedy, Christopher Durang, will play to Sunday, July 7 at the Three Penny Theatre. Penny Kline will direct.

Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America’s growing homeland insecurity.

“Why Torture Is Wrong, and The People Who Love Them”  tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both?

Is her father’s hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government?

Why does her mother enjoy going to the theater so much? Does she seek mental escape or is she insane?

Honing in on private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

This seven-cast play stars Sacramento’s finest comedic actors: Amber Marsh as Felicity; Brandon Lancaster as the charismatic yet mysterious Zamir (a terrorist or not); Georgann Wallace as Zamir’s mother-in-law Luella, a sweet and dazed/befuddled (Mrs. Ratzywatzy); Janet Motenko as the outrageously hilarious spy Hildegarde (code name Scooby-Doo of the shadow government), Philip Pittman (Luella’s husband) an opinionated oddball eccentric, Jawara Duncan as Reverend Mike, a minister who directs porno films; and Brent Dirksen as Voice, Narrator, Maitre d’ and Looney Tunes.

There is profanity, violence and adult situations and the play is recommended for mature audiences.

The shows continues on Fridays and Saturdays through July 6 at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. to July 7 when the show closes.

The Ovation Stage at Three Penny Theatre, 1723 25th St. in Sacramento, is selling tickets for $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors, students and SARTA members. To purchase tickets online visit, e-mail [email protected] or call the theater at 916-448-0312.

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