'MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN, MY FATHER'S JEWISH', LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and More Set for Bristol Riverside Theatre's 2013-14 Season
Bristol Riverside Theatre announces its mainstage 2013-2014 season including two comedies, two adaptations and a one-man show. The new season features the Philadelphia area premiere of Steve Solomon in My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm STILL in Therapy, Pride and Prejudice by Jon Jory, Tuesdays with Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon, and Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.
The season kicks off today, September 17 through October 6 with the return of comedian Steve Solomon in his one man tour de force My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm STILL in Therapy, the next hilarious installment in Solomon's quest to defend himself against those people whose sole purpose in life is to add chaos to his. In this riotous prequel, Solomon goes back to his baby years with his twin sister right up to the present, re-visiting Uncle Willie, Stuttering Cousin Bob, Demented Cousin Kenny, Steve's new therapist, Cousin Sal (and Sal's parole officer) and a myriad of astounding characters that all families know, love and tolerate. Solomon brings each one to life on stage using his gift for creating voices, dialects and wacky sound effects that only add to the hilarity of each story.
In celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austin's classic novel Pride and Prejudice, BRT presents Pride and Prejudice by Jon Jory on October 29-Novembr 24. Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet's most urgent priority. But with four sisters, a neurotic match-making mother, and a string of unsuitable suitors, it's difficult to escape the subject. When the independent Elizabeth meets the handsome but proud Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense - but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems.
BRT begins the new year with Tuesday with Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom on January 28-February 16. Most teachers develop the students' minds. Good teachers touch their hearts. But great teachers change their lives forever. For Mitch Albom, Morrie Schwartz was such a teacher. Adapted from the New York Times best-selling novel, this is the story of an old mentor's undying need to teach life's most important lesson: spend your time with care and spend your life with meaning.
Next up is Neil Simon's comedy Laughter on the 23rd Floor on March 18-April 13. Inspired by Simon's real life experience on the Sid Caesar show, this side-splitting comedy follows the writing, fighting, and wacky antics in the writers' room of a weekly variety show. While chaos reigns backstage, star Max Prince battles with NBC executives who fear his humor is too sophisticated for Middle America. With characters based on his co-writers, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar and Jackie Gleason, Simon perfectly showcases the hilarious jokes and banter of the original kings of comedy.
The season concludes on May 6-June 8 with the darkly charming musical Little Shop of Horrors with music by Alan Menken and lyrics and book by Howard Ashman. With its nerdy floral shop worker, the girl he loves, and a giant man eating plant, Little Shop of Horrors is everyone's favorite boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story. A night of pure bloody, fun, this popular cult classic is filled with such memorable hit songs as "Somewhere That's Green," "Skid Row (Downtown)," "Suddenly, Seymour," "I'm A Dentist" and the famous title song.