Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. Presents Witty Production Of BOSTON MARRIAGE
Women of fashion meet Wildean wit in this comedy by David Mamet. And while audiences are familiar with Mamet's formula of quick-witted verbal gymnastics from testosterone-laden men, Boston Marriage delivers a wickedly funny AF-that is, All Female-production featuring three women of the early 20th Century.
Director Linda Phenix describes Boston Marriage as "a delicious and unconventional drawing room comedy made special by Mamet's dialogue of well-timed barbs and hilarious musings by a bumbling maid (Jenna Morris) and two zany yet cunning women-Anna (Malinda L. Beckham) and Claire (Melissa J. Mayo)."
Anna has received an enormous emerald from her married lover, as well as a stipend with which she intends to woo Claire, her longtime companion. But Claire is infatuated with a respectable young lady and wants to enlist the jealous Anna's help for a rendezvous. When Claire's young inamorata appears, it sets off a crisis that puts both the valuable emerald and the women's futures at risk.
"Boston Marriage is a contemporary homage to the Victorian New England past, which in many ways still speaks to the present," says Phenix, who is making her directorial debut with Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. Phenix's work is well-known in Houston, having directed 13 shows at Theater LaB Houston, beginning with The Big Bang in 2002. Most recently she directed Richard Bean's Kiss Me (2018) and The Chosen (2017) by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok.
It was these last two shows that drew DDTCo. Artistic Director, Malinda L. Beckham, to Phenix. "Linda's background in dance and choreography was evident in Kiss Me and The Chosen. Watching her direction and blocking was like witnessing an exquisite dance. I knew immediately that her choreographic style was a perfect complement to our all-female production."
In addition to the director and cast, DDTCo. has also assembled an all-female design team, which includes Lydia Meadows (assistant director), Barbara Alicea-Aponte (production stage manager), Malinda L. Beckham (costume and set design), Ananka Kohnitz (set dressing), Kris Phelps (lighting design) and Elizabeth Nguyen (sound design).