, closing out the DownStage season is Paul Zindel’s And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
.You might recognize Zindel
as the Pulitzer Prize-winning author
of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
(coincidentally a close runner-up for Best Play Title of all Time).
As he did in Marigolds, Zindel focuses on a tightly knit family and the ways they help and hinder each other’s growth.
But what makes Miss Reardon truly exceptional is the perfect balance of outrageous comedic episodes with devastatingly tragic revelations.
And I have to say, in all my years in the theatre, that tension between laughter and horror has never been more perfectly wrought.
It’s another why-haven’t-I-seen-this-before? play.
An overlooked gem.
Great. Just great.
That’s #7. The 8th and final play in our 2014-15 season will hit your inbox tomorrow.
And, if you are on our USPS mailing list, you’ll get the brochure right after Labor Day.