Phoenix Stage Company (PSC), proudly presents “Beyond Therapy” by Christopher Durang, a play the LA Times referred to as “wickedly funny, terribly slanted and essentially true” beginning July 22nd in Naugatuck. The production will run from July 22nd through August for nine performances.
After a disastrous first date, Bruce and Prudence seek solace in therapy – despite both their therapists being stark raving mad. And that’s only the beginning of their problems. In Durang’s topsy-turvy world, life is a potent cocktail of sexual mix-ups, relationship neuroses, and a serious lack of impulse control. This wicked and wickedly funny look at the days and nights of the young and single will inspire you to outrageous laughter, the most effective therapy of all.
Bruce is a highly emotional bisexual who tends to cry easily, a trait homophobic Prudence sees as a weakness. Their first meeting proves to be disastrous and the two report back to their respective therapists – libidinous Stuart, who once seduced Prudence, and eccentric Charlotte, who stumbles over the simplest of words, references the play Equus as a good source of advice, and interacts with Bruce and all her patients with the help of a stuffed Snoopy. Clearly the two are more troubled than their patients. Charlotte suggests a revised ad, which once again attracts Prudence, but this time she and Bruce manage to get past their initial loathing and discover they actually like each other. Complications ensue when Bruce’s jealous live-in lover Bob decides to assert himself and do everything possible to maintain his status quo.
Contains adult content and language • Parental Discretion Advised
May not be suitable for audiences under 17
Directed by Donna Storms, “Beyond Therapy” features Chris Evans (Bruce), Jim Buffone (Bob), Marsha Karp (Prudence), Mike Ritts (Stuart), Val Vitalo (Charlotte) and Ed Bassett (Andrew, the Waiter). “Beyond Therapy” will be presented on July 22, 23, 29, 20, August 5 & 6, 2011 at 8:00pm and July 24, 31& August 7, 2011 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $22.00 for adults/$18.00 for Students & Seniors and can be purchased by calling the box office at (203) 632-8546 or by e-mail at email@example.com.