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Later Life

a Comedy
by A.R. Gurney

COMPANY : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 1622

SHOWING : June 09, 2006 - July 15, 2006



Austin has spent his entire life convienced that something terrible is bound to happen to him. One night at a party overlooking Boston Harbor he has the pleasure of rekindling a romance that started almost thirty years before with Ruth. These two people rediscover each other and themselves while a bevy of free-spirited other guests rally behind them and remind them of the infinite possibilities that life holds.

Director Adriana Warner
Set Design & Construction Wally Hinds
Lights/Sound/Tech Kristen M Smith
Jim/Roy/Duane/Ted/Walt Rial Ellsworth
Sally/Marion/Nancy/Esther/Judith Mary Claire Klooster
Ruth Merritt Mitchell
Austin Bob Smith
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by Dedalus
Monday, July 3, 2006
Before launching into a posting on a Kudzu Production, I feel it necessary to admit that, though I have never worked at Kudzu, nor am I acquainted with any of its producers or owners or directors, nor have I any prejudices about its productions, my wife did work in a VPR production in 2000 in which Jason Meinhardt also worked.

I must also admit that I have worked with a cast member (Rial Ellsworth) on two occasions, and actually retain a friendly relationship with him.

I must also admit to a dislike of A.R. Gurney’s most popular work, “Sylvia,” though I like some of his other plays, including this one, though I hadn’t read it prior to seeing this production.

I must also admit a slight disgruntlement with the Kudzu venue, having a strong dislike of Video Gaming, and a slight fit of pique at having to fight my way through an arcade to find the theatre. I must also admit the closeness of the playing area to the audience results in the feeling that there’s no such thing as a “good seat” in this house.

I must also admit that I have an aversion to bad hairpieces on men.

I must also admit that I saw this play on a Friday night accompanied by my spouse and spawn, so my payment of an actual admission fee may color my point of view.

I must also admit that the premise of this piece – two middle-aged people making a connection after a single meeting in their youth, interrupted by a parade of paper-thin party guests – appealed to me. I must admit a guilty pleasure in plays in which actors play multiple roles.

I must admit a grudging respect for the accomplishment of the actors in this case, despite the very occasional “I’m reciting my line here” or “I’m moving here because the director told me to” moment.

I must admit a very slight disappointment that the parade of characters didn’t go much deeper than surface accent, bad wig and caricature, though I also admit that that’s not always a bad thing.

Finally, I must admit that I find very moving the idea of a character whose entire life is nothing but a series of disclaimers and wish I could find a way to express that beyond this rather glib little pseudoreview.

-- Brad Rudy (

You don't have to walk through the arcade by Okely Dokely
Wow, the great Brad Rudy reviewed a Kudzu show. Hell has officially frozen over.

Just kidding. It's awesome that you finally made your way there to see something. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that you don't have to walk through Startime to get to the theater. There is a back entrance, but you probably couldn't get a space in that way-too-small parking lot. But when you go in this entrance, it's just a straight shot down the big hallway to get to the theatre entrance, bypassing Startime entirely.

I'll see you in a couple of weeks at the voice recital (my 12th one). Try to adjust the lights so I look my best, which would probably mean a total blackout.
Looking Forward to It by Dedalus
I'm taking a deep breath now because my week with Valerie starts tomorrow, and I won't have a chance to breathe (or pee) from 2:30 tomorrow until late Saturday Night.

The problem with your request is:

(1) You look the same no matter what light I give you (who looks when you sound that good) .. and

(2) VK would be hanging me from the rafters if I tried a Blackout Cue at the wrong time.

In any case, have a great recital ---



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