What follows is a farcical collection of misunderstandings, lies and unexpected romance in Curtain Call’s production of Cactus Flower, playing in The Dressing Room Theatre, January 9 through 26, at the Sterling Farms Theatre complex, Stamford.
This 1965 Broadway sex farce, which Abe Burrows adapted from a French play, ran for three years and more than 1,200 performances. The original cast starred Lauren Bacall, Barry Nelson and Brenda Vaccaro. The play became a very successful film starring Goldie Hawn and Walter Matthau. This production marks the first time it has played at Curtain Call. Producer, Lou Ursone, said, “It’s a light-hearted and very enjoyable comedy for the dark days of winter. I remembered the film version from years ago, but had never seen the show on stage. After reading the script, I knew it would play well in our space. “
Director Richard Mancini said, “I had the pleasure of directing a production of Cactus Flower more than 15 years ago, and though I don't often direct a play more than once, I felt that doing this very funny script after so many years and with a new set of actors would be interesting and fun -- and it has been! I've got a wonderful cast and crew to work with, and they've really sunk their teeth into Abe Burrows' dialogue, the 1960s period trappings (including the music and a few "memorable" dances) and everything else that goes into it. It's been fun to do, and I believe audiences will have fun with it too.
The cast includes Joseph Caputo, Roger Dykeman, Greg Ellis, Betsy Grover, Samantha Holomakoff, Gillian Holt, Aaron Newcome, Kristina Mitchell and Mat Young. Set design is by Peter Barbieri, Jr., costumes by Helen Adams, and lighting design by Jamie LaJoie.
Performances will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00PM. Doors open one hour before show time for a “bring your own everything” format; seating is cabaret style. The Dressing Room Theatre is located at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $17.5 for children. Thrifty Thursday tickets are $27.50. Flex Passes offer discounts of 25% and more. Box Office: 203-461-6358 x 36 or on the web at www.curtaincallinc.com.
Curtain Call's 29th season also includes the Fairfield County premieres Something Rotten and Kinky Boots as well as several other plays and musicals, comedy nights, and an interactive murder mystery. Discounted Flex Pass subscriptions offer savings of 25% and more. Additional information is available at www.curtaincallinc.com or by calling 203-329-8207.
Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and educational workshops for all ages are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre.
Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP ten years running in the Annual Readers' Poll of the Fairfield County Weekly and has received similar BEST OF awards from Stamford Magazine and Stamford Plus magazine for 2008 through 2018. Curtain Call received The Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011 and the ACE Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.
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