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Maytag Virgin

a Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Audrey Cefaly

COMPANY : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 5207

SHOWING : January 11, 2018 - February 11, 2018

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Being a widow in rural Alabama ain’t easy. High-school teacher Lizzy Nash is on a leave of absence after the sudden death of her husband when odd duck Jack Key moves in next door. The two are drawn to each other. They confound each other. Each is hiding emotions from one another and themselves. Over the span of a year we follow their neighborly interactions. Most are funny, some are revealing, but will they have the one that is profound?


CAST & CREW LIST
Cast Melissa Foulger
Jack Key Brad Brinkley
Elizabeth "Lizzy" Nash Courtney Patterson
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REVIEWS

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Dryer Venting
by playgoer
Monday, January 15, 2018
4.0
Jack Key has moved in next door to Lizzy Nash. She uses a clothesline. He installs a Maytag dryer on his back porch. That infuriates her. Cue the rom-com complications, with a little of "The Rainmaker" thrown in, as Lizzy learns to come into her own as a desirable woman.

Aurora’s production is fully professional. Kevin Frazier’s lighting design is impressive, transitioning from day to night without ever impacting visibility. Daniel Terry’s sound design nicely covers the long scene changes with country music. Kathryn Muse’s props fill the scenes with impressive detail. The two-story set by Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay is massive, giving us two back porches and backyards of distinct styles. When a thunderstorm approaches at the end of the first act, all these elements come together in thrilling style, with cracks of thunder, flashes of lightning, jangling of wind chimes, and shaking of tree branches.

Costume design, by Jordan Jaked Carrier, doesn’t call for anything out of the ordinary, but reinforces the complete naturalism in the acting of Courtney Patterson and Brad Brinkley. Mr. Brinkley plays a man of few words, a widowed physics teacher at the local high school. Ms. Patterson plays a woman of many words, a recently widowed English teacher on leave from the high school. The contrast and conflict between the two transitions from awkwardness into closeness over nearly two and a half hours.

Melissa Foulger’s direction keeps things moving in the first act, but the pace slows perceptibly in the second act. Audrey Cefaly’s script follows the usual formula of meet-cute banter in the first act and more serious, emotional interplay in the second. The predictability of the plot is of the variety that anticipates a happy ending and delivers on the anticipation. Factor in a marvelous performance from Courtney Patterson and this results in a satisfying, if overly long production. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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