This show ended 2/4/2018
ANN ARBOR—Next up from Kickshaw Theatre is Or, by Liz Duffy Adams, which will be performed at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, from February 15 through March 4. Performances are at 8:00 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and at 4:00 pm on Sundays. The production is directed by Suzi Regan.
Thursday and Friday, February 15 and 16 are preview performances and will have post-show talkbacks with the director. Tickets are available online at www.showclix.com.
Or, takes place (mostly) during one night in the life of Aphra Behn, poet, spy, and soon to be first professional female playwright. Sprung from debtors’ prison after a disastrous overseas mission, Aphra is desperate to get out of the spy trade. She has a shot at a production at one of only two London companies, if she can only finish her play by morning despite interruptions from sudden new love, actress Nell Gwynne; complicated royal love, King Charles II; and very dodgy ex-love, double-agent William Scott—who may be in on a plot to murder the king in the morning. Can Aphra save Charles’ life, win William a pardon, resist Nell’s charms, and launch her career, all in one night? Against a background of a long drawn-out war and a counter-culture of free love, cross-dressing, and pastoral lyricism, the 1660s look a lot like the 1960s in this neo-Restoration comedy.
Image: contemporary portrait of Aphra Behn (1640-1689).