‘Round and Round the Garden’ to Wrap Up Ayckbourne’s Trilogy in Weston
From the living room to the dining room, and finally, to the garden. Weston Playhouse Theatre Company presents the third installment of Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘The Norman Conquests,’ the acclaimed comic trilogy, with ‘Round and Round the Garden,’ starting on Thursday, July 21, and closing on July 30. Ayckbourn’s trilogy has been praised as a landmark of theatrical achievement, with regular revivals on Broadway, on London’s West End, and around the world. It follows the amorous exploits of Norman, assistant librarian, as he strives to make the women in his life – his wife and her two sisters – happy over the course of a riotous summer weekend. The cast of six (Caitlin Clouthier, Richard Gallagher, Ashton Heyl, Mark Light-Orr, David Mason, and Jenni Putney) become enmeshed in a Chinese puzzle of relationships that are clever, poignant and downright hilarious.
Nearly two years in the making, ‘The Norman Conquests’ collaboration is a bold attempt by three artistic directors to partner on a significant project. ‘Living Together’ directed by Peter Barrette launched the trilogy in April at Northern Stage’s new Barrette Center for the Arts. Dorset Theatre Festival followed up in June with ‘Table Manners,’ helmed by Evan Yianoulis. Now the characters have arrived in Weston where Michael Berresse will direct the third play in the trilogy, ‘Round and Round the Garden.’ New patrons will encounter a marvelous stand-alone performance, while those who’ve followed Norman’s exploits from room to room, and stage to stage, can claim their part of this once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience.
Show Times are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 802-824-5288 or by visiting westonplayhouse.org.