Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie" closed this past weekend, but the cast isn't exactly saying their farewells just yet. They will reappear this coming weekend in O'Neill's early version of the Pulitzer Prize winner entitled "Chris Chrisophersen," which takes place at O'Neill's Danville estate, Tao House, Sept. 26-29.
John Hale, who plays Chris, says it's been a challenge playing the same character with similar lines in both plays. "You really have to concentrate so you won't say the lines from one play in the other."
Eden Neuendorf, who plays Anna, also has some of the same lines in both plays but her character changes dramatically. In "Anna," she's a prostitute; in "Chris," she's an English typist.
During "Anna," she had some fun with Joe Fitzgerald, who plays the bartender Larry.
"Every time I paid for a drink, I tried to give him something different just to see the expression on his face," she says. "Sometimes it was a button with a funny saying, other times doggie treats, and other things I won't mention." Oh, those actors!
For tickets to "Chris Christophersen," call 925-820-1818 or go to www.eugeneoneill.org.
There's one last chance to see the Orinda Starlight Village Players "Escape to Bedlam" by local playwright Malcolm Cowler. The show fantasizes about what would happen if novelist Edgar Allan Poe visited an insane asylum in search of ideas for his macabre tales.
According to actress Jill Gelster, the scenes in the mental ward are hilarious.
"My character thinks she's a frog, and I wear this silly costume. Another actress things she's a top, so she's dressed in swirls and whirls around in circles the entire scene."
The show runs Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 27-28 at 8:30 p.m. at the Orinda Community Center Park Amphitheatre. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 925-528-9225 or going online at www. Orsvp.org.
Butterfield 8 had to postpone the opening of "Pygmalion" when Don Hardy, who plays Henry Higgins, had a family emergency. The show will now open Sept. 27 with Hardy, hopefully, in the role of the curmudgeonly professor. Becky Potter plays Eliza.
The show runs through Oct. 13 at Cue Productions Live in Concord. Call 800-838-3006 or go to www.b8company.com for tickets.
There's plenty of time to catch Onstage's "Without Purchase" performing at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center of the Arts through Oct. 4.
The new work by Lafayette resident David Evan Harris follows a detective and his assistant as they investigate the death of a manufacturing company manager. Full of humor, this intricate mystery features Ryan Terry, June McCue, Mya Guitron, Mark Barry, Ed Peabody, Nolan Mechan, Siobhan O'Brien, Barry Hunau, Bill Schneider and Joseph Hirsch. For tickets, call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lesherartscenter.org.
Lafayette's Town Hall Theatre continues its well-received season opener "The Rainmaker."
Starring Joel Roster and Caitlin Evenson, the popular tale continues through Oct. 5. New artistic director Derrick Silva directs.
For tickets, call 925-283-1557 or go to www.townhalltheatre.com.
Congratulations to central Contra Costa actress Janice Anderson, who recently published her memoirs.
"I've been writing them since my childhood and published them on my 93rd birthday," says Anderson proudly. Her book is called "My Stories: Living, Learning, Losing, Laughing, Loving." It can be found at http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/my-stories/13866819.
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