Becky's New Car

When: July 29-30, 7:30 p.m., Sun., July 31, 4:30 p.m., Aug. 4-6, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 7, 4:30 p.m. 2011

Steven Dietz is that rare breed of American dramatist who’s managed to have a serious impact nationally while experiencing limited success on Broadway. He writes a wide range of material, including adaptations, shorter works and plays for children, comedies and political pieces. He’s also an in-demand director. Dietz’s play Becky’s New Car represents yet another regional premiere for Actors Bridge Ensemble. Ostensibly a farce, complete with Molière-like asides to the audience, the play also reflects on middle age, as an employee at a car dealership decides to play with emotional fire when she meets an eccentric millionaire who believes she’s a widow. She doesn’t exactly set him straight on the matter, and a playful scenario ensues, rooted in Becky’s regret about roads not taken. Becky’s New Car premiered in 2008, and critical reaction has been favorable. Vali Forrister directs a strong cast that includes Kim Bretton, Matthew Carlton, Brock Hart and CJ Tucker.

Martin Brady

Price: $18 ($15 for students/seniors)


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