Powerful play on stage in Chagrin Falls

April 1, 2018 by  

There is still time for people to get to see ‘The Country House’ at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre in Chagrin Falls, but they need to hurry.

The play is the work of Donald Margulies, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, and like the popular play ‘Noises Off’, is about the theater and the people who make their name in acting.

The three-act play is set at a summerhouse where Anna Patterson, the matriarch of an acting family, and her brood have gathered for the Williamstown Theatre Festival season – a festival that actually exists.

The Patterson family consists of actors, directors, and other theater people, both successful and failed. The usually happy annual reunion is marred this time because Anna’s daughter Kathy, who had a successful acting career of her own, has died. The reunion turns from what could be a light-hearted romp to some deeper lessons in family, relationships, success, and failure.

Some of the themes the characters grapple with include dissatisfaction with their lives, depression, the effect aging has on careers in acting (particularly for women), and, of course, grief.

Brian Westerley has directed a cast that includes Margo Parker, Roland Moore, Kaytie Leonard, and Kevin Jones. Edmond Wolff handles the lighting, sound, and set design.

The Country House runs through next Sunday, April 8. Productions like this can be enhanced if management works with a poster printing company to help advertise the event.