POTTSTOWN PA – It’s the final weekend of performances for what is billed as Lillian Hellman’s exquisitely written drama, “Toys In The Attic,” at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 High St. “Toys” isn’t performed often – “it really challenges actors,” center spokeswoman Betsy Chapman explains – but it well represents the work of what critics call “America’s most significant woman playwright of the 20th Century.”
Critics, Chapman reports, continue to debate whether Hellman should be considered in the same breath as Arthur Miller or Tennessee Williams. Also at issue is the position of “Toys in the Attic” in the Hellman universe. Many critics consider it her best.
Through 1960-1961, “Toys in the Attic,” originally starring Jason Robards, Maureen Stapleton, Anne Revere and Irene Worth, played 456 times. When it was revived by New York’s Pearl Theater in 2007, its director, Austin Pendleton, who knew Hellman, described “Toys” to The New York Times as his favorite among her plays “It’s the most personal, very mysterious and very charged. And it has some of the most extraordinary language I’ve ever heard onstage,” Pendleton said.
The cast for this production includes Andrea Frassoni (Carrie), Leena Devlin (Anna), John Jerbasi (Julian), Elise D’Alleva (Lily), Deborah Snow (Albertine), Jabbar Wright (Gus), Lee Leagiton (Henry), Philip Seader (Taxi Driver and Delivery Man), Carl Durr (Delivery Man).
Tri-PAC’s performances continue tonight (Saturday, March 24, 2012) at 8 p.m., and Sunday (March 25) at 3 p.m. Tickets cost from $13 to $21 depending on showtime and age, and can be purchased online, here, or at the door the night of the show if available. Parental guidance is suggested for this show. Call 610-970-1199 for more information.
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