Fort Salem Theater Production Playfully Examines Family
Celebrating seven years of collaboration on Fort Salem Theater’s original Mainstage musicals, Al Budde and Jay Kerr open their new show this weekend, ‘Can You Hear Me Now?’ The production follows the life of Jake Cochran, played by regional professional actor Benjamin Katagiri, whose wife dies in childbirth, leaving him to raise his daughter, Peg, on his own. His mother, an indomitable force, is played by Manhattan actress Mary Lou Barber. As Jake flounders raising feisty Peg (played by Egan Mills and Rachel Matusewicz), he is haunted, quite literally, by the ghost of his late wife. All of his efforts at giving her a perfect life seem doomed until the show’s dénouement.
‘Can You Hear Me Now?’ examines the ironies of how inventions created to make life simpler and communication easier have generated new distance in personal relationships, all with the humor and tuneful musical numbers for which the Budde/Kerr collaborations have become synonymous.
The show runs from Friday, August 1, through Sunday, August 10, with shows on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday matiness at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit fortsalemtheater.com or call the box office at 518-854-9200.