Kelsey Kling, Rebecca Robinson, Emily Erington, and the corpse of their mother in HPT's Marion Bridge. Photo copyright Bret Brookshire, 2011.
Check out this brief video trailer of Marion Bridge, courtesy of Eric Graham of IC Pictures:
The raves are in for Marion Bridge:"A trio of talented actresses create magic . . . hilarious and heartwarming. . . . With this performance, [Rebecca Robinson] only solidifies her place as one the capital city's best. . . . [Kelsey Kling's Louise has] an adorable childlike quality that we can't help but root for. . . . When you add in Emily Erington's sensitive but strong performance as oldest sister Theresa . . . and Ken Webster's fine direction, you'll find one of the best smaller ensemble pieces in recent years . . .. From the actresses' impeccable accents to the hilarious world of the play's fictional soap opera, this production puts all the pieces together in perfect alignment."
Austin Theatre Examiner
"Thoughtful, expertly drawn portraits of interesting characters . . [a play that] manages to offer both comfort and truth: a rare find indeed."
"A fantastic example of how very involved the audience can become with the action on stage. . . . All three actresses fully and believably inhabit their characters. . . . Robinson, Erington and Kling strike a perfect sibling tone. In fact it made more than a little sense to reunite them on the stage--not just because of their familiarity with the roles, but because they clearly share what feels like a very real sisterly connection, a bond that has grown over the years."
- Spike Gillespie/Spike Speaks
From the author of HPT fave House: this September, HPT revives one of its most beloved productions, Daniel MacIvor's Marion Bridge, with the same cast and the same director. See the American-Statesman and Austin Chronicle reviews of our acclaimed 2002 production, which garnered Austin Circle of Theatres (now Austin Creative Alliance) Payne Award nominations for Ken Webster (Director) and for Outstanding Cast.
An actress who does Chekhov in Toronto basements and drinks too much; a nun who disapproves of big-city talk like "Whatever"; and their peculiar, soap-opera-watching youngest sister--three sisters reluctantly reunite in this bittersweet comedy. Ken Webster, Hyde Park Theatre's Artistic Director, directs Emily Erington, Kelsey Kling, and Rebecca Robinson in this HPT production.
The show runs at 8:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 8 - October 8, 2011. Every Thursday is Pay What You Can Night; Friday, and Saturday tickets are $19 ($17 for students, seniors, and ACOT members), except for the final weekend (October 6-8), when ticket are $21 ($19 for students, seniors, and ACOT members). For reservations, call 479-PLAY or purchase tickets online.
Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. Covered off-street parking for the patrons of HPT is available in the lot at 4315 Guadalupe Street, just north of The Parlor. You can drive through The Parlor's parking lot to reach it. Evening HPT parking also available at Kenneth's Hair Salon, just south of HPT, and at the Hyde Park Church of Christ on the northeast corner of 43rd & Avenue B. We are grateful to them all for their generosity.
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