Audiences and Critics Agree: “Leaving Iowa is a Hit!”

“I don’t think I’ve laughed so much during a play EVER.” – Audience Member 
“I thought I was just coming to see a regular play, but this was MARVELOUS!” – Audience Member 
(L-R) Lindsey June as Sis, Amy Griffin as Mom, Bobby Welsh as Don and Michael Bagwell as Dad. Photo by Chip Gertzog.
“I loved every moment of Providence Players of Fairfax’s Leaving Iowa. Well written and expertly acted, it was a night of quality entertainment that I would highly recommend.  Catch a showing of this with your own family–you won’t regret it!” – Julia L. Exline, DC Metro Theater Arts Critic

 

Leaving Iowa is a summer time hit for the entire family!

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Casting Announcement: “Leaving Iowa”

On behalf of Providence Players of Fairfax, Director Julie Janson is pleased to announce the cast of Leaving Iowa, which runs May 31 to June 15.

by Tim Clue and Spike Manton

Called “a comedy with a surprisingly deep soul… simultaneously hilarious and touching,” Leaving Iowa portrays Don’s journey to return his father’s ashes to his childhood home, only to discover that Grandma’s house is now a grocery store. This father-and-son road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don’s memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood: the classic American summer vacation, which often meant being trapped in the back seat of a station wagon. Don’s memories bring to life the people of his past and present, weave a tale of reconciling idealism with reality, and ultimately show us what it means to love one’s family.

CAST
(* denotes PPF debut)

Don – Bobby Welsh
Dad – Michael Bagwell
Mom – Amy Griffin*
Sis – Lindsey June*
Multi-characters (splitting 22 roles) – Danielle Comer*, Michael Schwartz*, Charlene Sloan

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director – Julie Janson
Producer – Jason Hamrick
Stage Manager – Amanda Ranowsky
Technical Director – Christopher Crockett

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August: Osage County: “The best show I’ve seen in community theater this year!”

What audiences are saying about Providence Players’ production of August: Osage County

Beth Gilles-Whitehead (as Barbara) and Jayne L. Victor (as Violet) give performances that “will stay with you for a long time.” Photo by Chip Gertzog.

The best show I’ve seen in community theater this year!  And I’ve seen a lot.  I am so glad we came.” – Opening Night Patron

“The performances were so strong…that after a while it felt that we were not watching actors but the actual members of the family….We’ve been going to Arena Stage for years, and your production [of August: Osage County] was one of the best plays we have ever seen!”   – Opening Weekend Patron

“Just extraordinary acting. You won’t find a better entertainment value in the entire DC Metro Area.”  – Saturday Night Patron

“I think this is the best show we’ve ever done.” – A Founding Member

What the critics are saying…

“Michael Donahue directs a strong, searing ensemble in this production, which proves to be as riotous as it is intensely tragic.” 

“This is a show that will have you laughing through your tears.”

“The actors all do fantastic jobs with their characters, but Jayne L. Victor’s and Beth Gilles-Whitehead’s performances as Violet and Barbara will stay with you for a long time.” 

“A stellar production team creates the ideal atmosphere for this piece.” 

Read the entire review by Julia Exline from DC Metro Theater Arts. Read more

Comedy-drama on Family Matters: Fairfax Connection

Providence Players in rehearsal for “August: Osage County”: Beth Gilles Whitehead as Barbara Fordham and Clint Bagwell as Bill Fordham. Photo by Chip Gertzog/Courtesy Providence Players

By David Siegel

Read the entire article.  Excerpts below.

With plenty of wit and toughness, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Awards including Best Play, “’August: Osage County’ may be one of the best American plays of our time,” said David Whitehead, Providence Players board. “Its portrayal of the collapse of the nuclear family brings to the fore societal changes that have happened over time and across cultures.”

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“August: Osage County” – Top 8 Reasons to See This Production!

The Weston sisters played by Mary Zuzik Andrechik as Karen, Beth Gilles-Whitehead as Barbara and Andra Whitt as Ivy. Photo by Chip Gertzog.

Why Should I See August: Osage County?

Here are the top eight (8) reasons:

Reason #1:  Because it’s a play for the century. 

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best New Play, August: Osage County is one of the most riveting and critically acclaimed plays in recent Broadway history. But don’t take our word for it, see what the critics think:

  • “Tracy Letts’ fiercely funny, turbo-charged tragicomedy is, flat-out, no asterisks and without qualifications, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years.” – Charles Isherwood, New York Times.
  • “Enormously Entertaining…” Clive Barnes, New York Post.
  • “A great big exhilarating gift for theatergoers.” Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News.
  • “Ranks with the best American drama of the past decade!” Elysa Gardner, USA Today.
  • “An astonishing, incredibly funny creation, introducing a major playwright to Broadway!” Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press.
  • Read:  The first great American play of the 21st century – The Guardian, Nov 22, 2008

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A Sneak Peek of Tracy Letts, “August: Osage County”

Tracy Lett’s award-winning “tragicomedy” receives high praise from critics:

  • “Tracy Letts’ fiercely funny, turbo-charged tragicomedy is, flat-out, no asterisks and without qualifications, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years.” – Charles Isherwood, New York Times.
  • “Enormously Entertaining…” Clive Barnes, New York Post.
  • “A great big exhilarating gift for theatergoers.” Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News.
  • “An astonishing, incredibly funny creation, introducing a major playwright to Broadway!” Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press.

Rehearsals are in full swing!

Meet the director and cast in our previous post.

“I love a good rehearsal. Empty plates and scripts all over the table. Dinner will be ready on March 29!” – Beth S. Gilles Whitehead (plays Barbara Fordham). Photo by Chip Gertzog.

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