Sunday, May 20, 2007

Audience comments on The Constant Wife

Gay Parker is the Playhouse's Audience Development Coordinator. In that role she frequently greets and speaks with many of the Playhouse's patrons. This week we get some insights into her thoughts and some of the audience reaction to our critically acclaimed production of W. Somerset Maugham's wittily acerbic comedy The Constant Wife

With the success of 'The Constant Wife' - you'd be surprised at some of the "real life" stories I overheard audiences members reveal.

It just so happened that a patron's mother actually left her first husband and went to Paris -- and met and fell in love with another man.

Another couple talked about "issues" they were having in their marriage -- all generated by the brilliant writing of W. Somerset Maugham.

Who knew that this prolific British writer - who wrote the play in 1926 -- would ignite a storm of wonderful conversation about status, economics of love, and what freedom in a relationship really means. If you've been craving a deep conversation with your man or woman -- or just candid talk with the girls.... this sizzling piece of dialogue is it.

Maugham was a man ahead of his time -- his many short stories -- have inspired films -- such as "The Letter", starring Bette Davis.

Ask the British community about him -- he deserves more props -- and, well, all he needs is a great marketing person -- like Elvis!

When's the last time you had a tantalizing conversation with someone? Sitting in my seat, I enjoyed the nuances -- and thought, it'd be so cool to have that kind of Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man.

Yeah, I'm Generation X - but I love classic movies! As I looked around - I liked seeing three generations in the audience at the same time -- why? Because Maugham shows us that love and freedom -- are nothing to take for granted.


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