July 02, 2014

Travesties Comes To Bay Street Theatre

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Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents the 40th Anniversary of the Tony award winning comedy Travesties by Tom Stoppard and directed by Gregory Boyd. The show runs through July 20.

Set in 1917 and 1974 in Zurich, Switzerland, the play fantasizes how a British consul named Henry Carr, played by Richard Kind, encounters some of the most famous figures of the 20th century, including James Joyce, Tristan Tzara and Lenin, through an amateur production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Stoppard takes on the role of the artist in society in this exuberant and freewheeling comedy about art and revolution that is as fresh and thought-provoking as it is uproarious.

Stoppard, whose credits include Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Professional Foul, The Real Thing, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, creates a smashing theatrical extravaganza with the wit of Oscar Wilde crashing headlong into song-and-dance, strip-tease, pie-fights, and brilliant wordplay.

The largely recognizable star-studded cast includes Michael Benz ("Downton Abbey," The Tempest) as Tristan Tzara, Carson Elrod (Person of Interest, Wedding Crashers) as James Joyce, Aloysius Gigl (Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd) as Bennett, Isabel Keating (The Boy from Oz, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark) as Nadya, Richard Kind ("Spin City," "Curb Your Enthusiasm") as Henry Carr, Julia Motyka (Richard III, We Got Issues) as Gwendolen, Emily Trask (Twelfth Night, The Gaming Table) as Cecily, and Andrew Weems (Born Yesterday, Inherit the Wind) as Lenin.

The complex story line keeps the audience on its toes throughout the production. The memorization of lines that the cast commits to is just mindblowing. The cast is a very talented group of individuals.

It is a wonderful theatrical performance for adults of all age groups. New this year are "Student Sunday" Matinees. Every Sunday through July 20, high school and college students can receive (1) free admission for the 2 PM performance of Travesties. Also new this year is a $30 ticket for those under the age of 30. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.baystreet.org or by calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500.

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