‘Doubt: A Parable’ will challenge audiences

2/21/2013
BY JULIE NJAIM
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Director Joe Barton relishes the complexity of Doubt: A Parable presented by 3B Productions this weekend at the Maumee Indoor Theater.

“It’s a great evening for theater, but you’re going to be challenged a little bit,” he said. He saw the drama at a regional festival and then the movie, loved them both, and is ready to bring it to Toledo audiences, he said. “I love the writing, number one. I think the writing is really well done. It’s economical, says what it needs to say. I like the characters, all of them are flawed.”

Dotty Dewulf as Sister Aloysius Beauvier, principal of a New Bronx school, doesn’t like the new priest Father Flynn, played by David Shanahan, who is trying to initiate changes in the institution. She brings to question his past and present actions using the children for that purpose. The play leaves audiences to determine reality.

“I think they’re going to take away the fact that behind every issue there are more layers and more complexities than we realize. Not everything is black and white,” Barton said.

Included in the cast are Ebone Waweru as Mrs. Muller, a parent of one of the children, and Gwendolyn Eckel as Sister James.

“Doubt: A Parable” will be performed at 8 p.m. today through Saturday at the Maumee Indoor Theater Black Box Theatre, 601 Conant St., Maumee. Tickets are $15 for priority seating, $13 for adults, and $11 for seniors and students. Information: 419-897-8901 or 3bproductions.org.

Laughs and Love

The Valentine Theatre main stage welcomes Second City: Laughing Matters Saturday and a three-week run of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! in Studio A Theatre.

Jokes fresh from the headlines will be part of the comedic romp Saturday as funny men and women skewer and sometimes celebrate political gridlock, economic uncertainty, and the Kardashians.

Four actors play more than 20 roles in this farce examining, or should I say, poking fun at adult relationships in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! opening Friday, running weekends through March 10.

The Off-Broadway musical is slated to be great for date night. This compilation of vignettes looks at all aspects of relationships for those single, married, dating, and those whose hearts are broken.

“Second City: Laughing Matters” will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St. Ticket prices start at $24. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!” will be performed at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through March 10 at the Valentine Theatre Studio A Theatre, 410 Adams St. Tickets are $20. Information: 419-242-2787 or valentinetheatre.com.

Broadway Bound?

Dave DeChristopher has high hopes for his play Circle of Haunts.

It’s been performed several times this month by Xoregos Performing Company in New York. The goal is to drum up interest from other venues including Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theater.

“I think the show is really wonderful. We’ve had three really good reviews so far,” DeChristopher said. “I wish there were more opportunities for local playwrights to have their work performed here.”

The drama revolves around the Henry James novel Turn of the Screw and features appearances of ghosts from other Shakespeare stories.

DeChristopher has worked with the Village Players, Toledo Repertoire Theatre, the University of Toledo, and the Toledo Symphony, and he is a founding member of Glacity Theatre Collective. He has written several plays that have been produced in New York, California, and Illinois. His works include Fifteen Minutes, Vampires in ‘Da House, The Jack Report, Home Fires, and Among My Souvenirs.

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