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Things We Do For Love - Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Things You Do For Love - Westport County Playhouse - photo by RoseggThe British are here! Be ready for an evening of witty repartee and laughter with Alan Ayckbourn's romantic comedy Things We Do For Love at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut. The play directed by Tony Award nominee John Tillinger, stars Geneva Carr, Matthew Greer, Sarah Manton, and Michael Mastro and runs until September 7, 2014.

 

We saw the play on August 26, 2014, and if you enjoy British comedy, you are going to love the 1997 Alan Ayckbourn play, Things We Do For Love. The plot and dialogue is pure delight and revolves around four characters: Barbara, a fussy perfectionist, executive assistant married to her job played by Geneva Carr; Hamish the hunky Scot played by Matthew Greer engaged to Barbara's friend, Nikki who is slightly daft but adorable played by Sarah Manton, and the resident oddball handyman Gilbert played by Michael Mastro.

Things We Do For Love - Geneva Carr, Sarah Manton, Matthew Greer, Michael Mastro - Westport County Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Geneva Carr, Sarah Manton
Mattthew Greer, Michael Mastro

Old school chums Barbara and Nikki are reunited when Nikki and Hamish decide to rent a flat in Barbara's London house while their own house is being renovated, and thus the plot wickedly thickens. Throw Gilbert into the mix, postman by day and long winded handyman by night who lives in the basement, and you have all the delicious ingredients for an evening of laughter.

Things We Do For Love - Geneva Carr, Sarah Mantonee - Westport County Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Geneva Carr and Sarah Manton

The play takes place in Barbara's house and the set design by James Noone is brilliant with its view into her living room, the working staircase to the second floor and the glimpse into the couple's flat, and a small look into Gilbert's basement abode.

Things We Do For Love - Matthew Greer, Michael Mastro - Westport County Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Matthew Greer and Michael Mastro

John Tillinger, a Broadway and Westport Country Playhouse veteran director of many Alan Ayckbourn plays works his magic with the play and the talented and stellar cast. Geneva Carr is a veteran of the Westport Country Playhouse, regional theatre productions, films, and television. Matthew Greer has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional and national theatre, and television. Sarah Manton has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and the West End in London, on television, in films, and on the BBC Radio 4 as Emily in Alan Ayckbourn's, Whenever. Michael Mastro has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally and nationally, in films, and television.

Things We Do For Love - Geneva Carr, Sarah Manton, Matthew Greer,- Westport County Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Sarah Manton, Matthew Greer, and Geneva Carr

Fans of British comedy, do not miss the opportunity to see Alan Ayckbourn's Things We Do For Love, at the Westport Country Playhouse, it's the perfect romantic comedy for summer evenings. The play suns until September 7, 2014.  Note: Mature content; appropriate for age 16 and up. 

Things We Do For Love - Geneva Carr, Sarah Manton, Matthew Greer - Westport County Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Sarah Manton, Geneva Carr, and Matthew Greer

"I'm so happy to present the work of two men who have given countless evenings of joy and laughter to our audiences over the years: playwright Alan Ayckbourn and director John Tillinger," said Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director.  "John has a special gift for releasing the bubbles of inanity, comic helplessness, pain and humanity in the champagne bottles that are Ayckbourn's brilliantly funny comedies. And ‘Things We Do for Love' is one of his richest and most surprising."  

Things We Do For Love - Geneva Carr, Matthew Greer - Westport County Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Geneva Carr and Matthew Greer

Things We Do For Love

Alan Ayckbourn
Playwright
John Tillinger
Director
James Noone
Scenic Design
Laurie Churba Kohn
Costume Design
Paul Miller
Lighting Design
Scott Killian
Original Music/Sound Design
Geneva Carr
Barbara
Matthew Greer
Hamish
Sarah Manton
Nikki
Michael Mastro
Gilbert

The Things We Do For Love runs from August 19 - September 7, 2014. Performances are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm, Wednesdays at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm.

Things We Do For Love - Geneva Carr, Sarah Manton, Matthew Greer - Westport County Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA
Geneva Carr, Sarah Manton, and Matthew Greer

For information on the play or to purchase tickets, please call the box office at 203-227-4177 or call the toll-free number at 888-927-7529 or visit the website at www.WestportPlayhouse.org.

The Westport Country Playhouse Box Office is open during Performance Days Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm until 8:30 pm, Saturday from 11:00 am until 8:30 pm, Sunday from 11:00 am until 3:30 pm, and is closed on Monday. Non-Performance Days, the Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm, and is closed on Monday.

The Westport Country Playhouse named as "Theatre Company of the Year" in December 2013 by The Wall Street Journal, opened in the 1930s in a transformed 1835 cow barn, which has, and continues to attract, a "who's who" of prominent actors. Looking at the framed posters of past shows that line the lobby walls was like entering an encyclopedia of the arts. A few of the many renowned actors who have appeared on the stage there include Ethyl Barrymore, Dorothy and Lillian Gish, Tallulah Bankhead, Gloria Swanson, Don Ameche, Hume Cronin and Jessica Tandy, Jane Fonda, Danny Aiello, Blythe Danner, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Dreyfus, Whoopi Goldberg, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Lynn Redgrave, Gene Wilder, and Westport residents Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.

"Westport Country Playhouse, a not-for-profit theater, serves as a cultural nexus for patrons, artists and students and is a treasured resource for the State of Connecticut.  There are no boundaries to the creative thinking for future seasons or the kinds of audiences and excitement for theater that Westport Country Playhouse can build."

For information on upcoming events and other performances, please visit the website: www.WestportPlayhouse.org.

Upcoming 2014 Performances

Play
Dates Running
Things We Do For Love
    by Alan Ayckbourn
August 19 - September 7, 2014
Intimate Apparel
    by Lynn Nottage

October 7 - November 3 2014

2015 Schedule of Performances

Play
Dates Running
The Liar by David Les, adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille
May 5 - 23, 2015
And A Nightingale Sang by C.P. Taylor
June 9 - 27, 2015
TBT (A Special Project)
July 21 - August 8, 2015
Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn
August 25 - September 12, 2015
Broken Glass by Arthur Miller
October 6 - 31, 2015

Westport County Playhouse, Westport, CT, USAWestport Country Playhouse  
25 Powers Court
Westport, Connecticut  06880
United States
Box Office:   +1-203-227-4177
Toll-Free:     +1-888-927-7529
Fax:             +1-203-454-3239
Box Office:   +1-203-227-4177
Website:     
www.WestportPlayhouse.org
Facebook:    www.Facebook/WestportCountryPlayhouse

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