You’re sitting in a darkened theatre, fighting the urge to nod off— What sort of philistine could possibly nap during such an important piece of art? Just to keep occupied (and awake) you covertly check your watch every few seconds— hoping against hope that the curtain call is not far off. Can you relate? Rest assured this will NOT be your experience as a member of the audience at David Mamet’s incisive masterpiece Oleanna, running for thirteen performances here in Vallarta at the Boutique Theatre, fresh from its successful run on Broadway.
Having watched Oleanna in rehearsal, I (Jacque) am personally recommending it as a truly wonderful production that is not to be missed. You may have seen the movie version, which seriously pales by comparison to this production, directed by Edoardo Rocha, whose passion for authenticity and detail permeates every aspect of the show from set to pacing to staging to actor’s interpretation. This controversial drama, exquisitely performed by a lovely and talented visiting New York actress, Maria Fontanals, and Vallarta’s own Dr. Michael Gibney, seen last season in Boutique’s sell-out Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, in the role of Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, is a powerful and provocative show. The issues it tackles precipitate many important questions— however, where you should go for dinner following the performance, is not one that will be uppermost in your mind, given the intensity of the on-stage drama.
Oleanna runs from Nov. 23rd to Dec. 9. Because of the many issues encompassed in the show, which beg discussion, Friday performances (Nov. 23, 30 and Dec. 7) have added a post-production discussion with cast and artistic staff. This forum promises to be a stimulating opportunity to share perspectives and reactions to this powerful play, which tackles sexual harassment, political correctness, the manipulation of power, the potential destructiveness of miscommunication/misconception and more!
Tickets (250 pesos each) are available for purchase at: 1) the Saturday Co-op Market (Paradise Community Center between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00) 2) NV Bookstore (216 Basilio Badillo); 3) Boutique Theatre Box Office (330 Naranjo) one hour before every show: 4) and on-line through the Boutique Theatre website at: www.boutiquetheatre.ca via PayPal.
Please don’t miss Oleanna, now here in Vallarta after its recent run on Broadway. It will leave you talking for days!!!