Bold Adventurous Theatre
...Anything But Square
Carpenter Square Theatre is proud to
announce the 2009-2010 season of shows!
CST brings you the shows you won't see at any other local theater.
what everyone's talking about...as we celebrate 26 years of quality alternative
theatre in Oklahoma City.
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(Due to the nature of performing
arts events, all titles subject to change.)
September 4 - 26, 2009
Compleat Female Stage Beauty
a comedy by
She was the first of her kind. He was the last of his. A female theatre dresser
sparks a theatrical revolution in 17th Century London by going onstage to play
Desdemona in OTHELLO. Instead of throwing her in jail, King Charles II re-writes
the law to let women act. Consequently, the most famous male portrayer of female
roles in London loses his livelihood, his lover, and his sense of self...until
fate and his desire for revenge give him the chance to take the stage again.
clever exploration of rich territory...when women were first allowed on the
- The New York Times
intimate psychosexual backstage historical comedy...splendidly theatrical..."
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 16 -
Three comic tales about revenge, blackmail, sex, money,
jealousy, justice, and murder! Who could ask for anything more? Set in the
sun-drenched world of the Riddle Key Luxury Retirement Village in Florida, each
story is a cat-and-mouse mystery featuring culprits who tell how they decided to
commit the perfect crime and what tripped them up along the way.
"There's no point in wondering whodunit -- Jeffrey
Hatcher's new play tells us that right off the bat.
The fun is finding out how they dun it and why."
– The New York Times
"MURDERERS is a delight - a very funny comedy with some
biting satire and terrific storytelling."
– Talkin' Broadway
November 27 - December
Tom, Dick & Harry
a screwball comedy by Ray Cooney & Michael Cooney
A madcap romp with rapid-fire dialogue that would do Preston Sturges proud - all
you’re missing is Cary Grant in a negligee! Tom and Linda are a couple desperate
to adopt a baby. If they can impress the social worker that the adoption agency
sends for a site visit, a child will be theirs. Trouble rears its ugly head when
Tom’s brothers, Dick and Harry arrive. Devil-may-care Dick prefers smuggling to
a regular job, and daffy Harry works at the local hospital morgue, but both are
eager to help their big brother. The brothers' "help" produces cases of illegal
brandy, a bag of body parts, two illegal immigrants from Kosovo and a Russian
mobster. Lies pile on top of lies and mayhem ensues until things couldn’t
possibly get worse. Or could they? Of course, they can!
whole thing is hilarious, daft and utterly irresistible."
– The Sunday Times (London)
January 15 -
February 6, 2010
comedy-drama by Theresa Rebeck
their recently deceased mother, two half-sisters discover a spectacularly
precious stamp collection that includes two rare stamps from the island of
Mauritius, one of the first places in the world to print stamps. Enter three
dangerous high-stakes collectors who are willing to do almost anything to have
the two tiny slips of paper for their own.
sit back and enjoy the tense, often funny and fast-paced, cat-and-mouse game."
– Curtain Up.
"One wouldn't think that
the subject of rare stamps would make for gripping,
entertaining theatre, but Theresa Rebeck's MAURITIUS...proves otherwise..."
– The Hollywood Reporter
February 19 - March
romantic comedy by John Kolvenbach
Olivier Award nominee for Best New Comedy that premiered at Chicago's famed
Steppenwolf Theatre in 2006. Beane is an exile from life -- an oddball. His
well-meaning sister and brother-in-law try to make time for him, but no one
seems to get through. Following a burglary at Beane's apartment, he turns
blissfully happy. Baffled, his sister must try to unravel the story behind his
mysterious new love, Molly. This offbeat comedy becomes a rhapsody to the power
of love in all its forms.
"LOVE SONG is about
nothing less than the chaos of being human, and the yearning for everything."
– The Chicago Sun-Times
– April 17, 2010
All My Sons
a drama by Arthur Miller
company manufactures engine parts for the Air Force. A shipment of faulty parts
has resulted in the deaths of 21 pilots. Joe's oldest son, Larry, a pilot, is
missing and presumed dead. Joe's younger son, Chris, is determined to set the
truth free at all costs. Winner of the Drama Critics Award for Best New Play in
1947, ALL MY SONS established Arthur Miller as a leading voice in the American
theater, and introduced themes that tread through his work as a whole; the
relationships between fathers and sons and the conflict between business and
14 - June 5, 2010
a drama by
A woman is
found wandering the streets of Chicago, her feet blistered and bloodied. The
doctors recognize this as a symptom of the "fugue" state of amnesia, where the
victim is literally running away from an intolerable memory. The young
psychiatrist assigned to her case is running away from his own demons -- a
mistake he made with a patient early in his career. The closer he gets to
piecing together the puzzle of the woman's life, the more she longs to run. If
she remembers the terrible occurrence that sent her running, will he be
repeating the mistake he made before? Winner of the American Theatre Critics
Circle Award for Best Play in Regional Theatre.
is a masterpiece...as charming as it is terrifying,
as honest as it is dark, intriguing as it is engaging."
– UK Theatre Network
– July 17, 2010
by Dan Studney, book & lyrics by Kevin Murphy
"Meant to be
a serious documentary on how the demon weed turns apple-cheeked American teens
into hollow-eyed homicidal zombies, the movie's unintentional humor made it a
midnight movie staple on college campuses in the '60s. But while the move is so
glaringly bad, the Off-Broadway musical of REEFER MADNESS...is deliberately
outlandish and silly. And that's what makes it so good. [The show includes] a
dozen or so over-the-top and hilarious production numbers." -- NY Daily News
Though set in
1936, the year of the film's release, REEFER MADNESS incorporates musical styles
ranging from jazz and doo-wop to rock and disco, and it provides characters that
are accessible to young audiences even as they parody old-fashioned stereotypes.
"Divertingly silly...offers plenty of entertainment on its own appealingly
unpretentious terms, with a sweetly charming retro-rock score."
– Daily Variety
tickets now on sale. Phone (405) 232-6500 for more information.
November 04, 2010