The Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre Presents THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO 11/25-1/2/2010
The Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre provides the perfect antidote for Milwaukee's saccharine theatrical holiday fare by staging acclaimed playwright Christopher Durang's wild comedy THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE & BOO (November 25, 2009-January 2, 2010, see schedule below) at the Boulevard Theatre, located at 2252 South Kinnickinnic.
Durang's biting, dark comedy puts the "fun" back into "dysfunction" in his tale of a newlywed bride (Bette) and her loving but tippling groom (Boo) as they struggle to sail the rough seas of matrimony. Besides the challenge of trying to start a family, Bette & Boo must handle their respective families, which contain a controlling matriarch, a sadistic father-in-law, a snide sister-in-law and other "odds & ends" relatives from "God's junk drawer of humanity." And don't forget the parish priest who performs an imitation of bacon at the drop of a hat!
Boulevard's stellar cast (in alphabetical order) includes: Michael Chobanoff (Paul Brennan, Bette's father), Ken Dillon (Boo Hudlocke), David Flores (Father Donnally/Doctor), Christine Horgen (Soot Hudlocke, Boo's mother), Caitlin Kujawski (Joan Brennan, Bette's sister), Paul Madden (Matthew Hudlocke, Bette & Boo's son), Anne Miller (Bette Brennan Hudlocke), Heather Reynolds (Emily Hudlocke, Bette's sister), Michelle Waide (Margaret Hudlocke, Bette's mother), and Michael Weber (Karl Hudlocke, Boo's father).
Playwright Christopher Durang's work has enjoyed countless productions in New York (Broadway & Off-Broadway) and at many Milwaukee theatres. Boulevard has staged Durang's irreverent works, including its smash, standing-room-only productions of BEYOND THERAPY and THE BABY WITH THE BATHWATER.
Other Milwaukee theatre companies have produced Durang's work as well, including the Milwaukee Rep (LAUGHING WILD), Windfall Theatre (BETTY'S SUMMER VACATION) and many other companies (SoulstIce Theatre, Bialystock & Bloom). Durang's most recent works which have won success in New York include ADRIFT IN MACAO and WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM.
Boulevard Artistic Director Mark Bucher directs this affecting, edgy script and Brook Compton serves as stage manager. Call 414. 744. 5757 to reserve tickets or visit the Ensemble's website at www.boulevardtheatre.com (always under construction, a "work-in-progress"). Please send all hard copy mail (checks, letters, resumes, donations) to:
The Boulevard Theatre, P. O. Box 238, Milwaukee, WI, 53201.