Past Retro Productions:
Kristen Vaughan WINNER Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role, 2011 for Retro Productions' BENEFACTORS at the New York Innovative Theater Awards!
performance in Retro Productions
Still Life by Emily
Mann was chosen as Marc Miller's
"Performances to Remember, 2007" for Back Stage
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Retro Productions is pleased to present
Directed by Peter Zinn
May 11-25, 2013
Set Designers...Jack and Rebecca Cunningham
*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.
"Retro Productions presents a heart-wrenching interpretation of Peter Nichols’ A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. If you haven’t had the chance to see this play and have always wanted to, this would be the production to see... The design of the show is delightful... The set design by Jack and Rebecca Cunningham
is simple and ingenious... They effectively transformed a stage
into a living room and a living room back into a stage. Ben Phillip’s costume design fit not only into the era but worked with the set itself... Sound design by Jeanne Travis
was subtle but effective in evoking the era and juxtaposing moments of
great tension with innocent songs, underlining the perversity of this
"Wow. This production takes place on a groovy-colored set (designed by Jack and Rebecca Cunningham) that is aware of its own flatness... The amazing actors move as though aware they're putting on a show. Innocent songs like "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" recall an era (is it really over?) of classism and discrimination.
A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG is a dark comedy about a couple trying to deal with the hardest kind of parenthood; their only daughter Josephine has cerebral palsy, is wheelchair bound and can not communicate. Bri and Sheila's marriage is on the brink from the stress of Joe's afflictions, her grandmother Grace opines how "lovely if she was running about," and their friends Pam and Freddy drop by hoping to encourage them to be a little selfish and put Joe in a proper facility. But by the end of the night Bri is having morbid fantasies and no one is left "sitting about like Joe Egg."
JOE EGG is a dark comedy, and while there are no sexually explicit or violent scenes, parents may want to consider if their children's sense of humor is mature enough to understand the dark nature of the comedy.
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