Little Theatre of Virginia Beach
by A.R. Gurney
Directed by Joan Patterson
November 18 & 19 at 7 p.m.; Callbacks November 20 at 7 p.m.
January 17 - February 9
"Black Tie" is a delightfully charming comedy that reminds us that our sense of traditions and our manners are taught to us by our parents. Lest you forget that, your "parent in your head" may come to you to remind you to always do the right thing, unless it makes someone else uncomfortable! How you get this information may take several forms, but in this play Curtis' father comes to him as a ghost - so much more fun than a nagging voice in the back of your head!
Set in a tired motel in beautiful Lake George, NY, our play opens with Curtis, the father of the groom, trying to write a traditional, proper toast to the bride and groom to make at the impending rehearsal dinner. He is visited by the ghost of his father off and on throughout the show as more and more non-traditional ideas and plans get introduced - from a destination wedding to a bi-racial bride. The attitude adjustments that must be made to accommodate the young lovers make this a hilarious look at some of our most traditional wedding practices. We learn how this family adjusts to keep the peace. We watch them struggle with one and then another new idea in a perfectly mannerly fashion as they demonstrate their love and respect for each other by making a break with traditions in favor of letting the younger generation comfortably enjoy their celebration.
There are 5 actors needed:
Curtis, middle-aged and caught between the traditional ideals of his past and his modern children
Curtis' father - a ghost of a reminder of the customs and traditions of the family heritage: White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant
Mimi - Curtis' wife, middle aged and supportive of her husband up to the point where it interferes with the needs of her children
Elsie, their daughter in her twenties
Teddy, their son the groom, in his twenties
November 18 and 19 with call backs on the 20th
Questions: E-mail Joan: email@example.com