Lana Dieterich and Ken Webster are back for the revival of HPT's production of Vigil. Photo by Bret Brookshire.

Raves for our 2010 production of Morris Panych's Vigil:
"Webster excels at the part of the neurotic misanthrope, and in Vigil he gives one of his strongest performances yet. . . . Hyde Park Theatre's revival of its production of Vigil is so funny that though the whole play may revolve around death, after laughing for almost the entire two hours, you leave feeling healthier than when you walked in."
- Austin Chronicle

"I can hardly figure out where to begin to heap on the praise. . . the spectacular energy with which Webster infuses [his] role. . . . As for Dietrich-as-Grace, if you happen to be seeking proof that a mostly silent performance can be just as powerful as one saturated with words, here's your chance. . . . Though the play is packed with brilliant one-liners, . . there's real substance here, not just punch lines.
- Spike Gillespie

"Webster has had a number of standout performances throughout the season, but his role here stands out on top of the heap. . . Dieterich takes to the stage like a silent-era comedienne . . The kind of show that can only come from two star talents giving their all to create a perfect collaboration. . . . Director Webster takes this wonder of a script and, along with Dieterich and his talented crew, creates a memorable work of art."
- Austin Theater Examiner

"Touching, hilarious, . . . quirky, fun, and undeniably human."
- Say Yes Austin

"Fantastically executed with their stellar cast and crew . . . a must-see and like most of their productions will leave you with an impression that lasts long after you've left the theatre."
- Do512

And check out this two-minute KUT Arts Eclectic piece about Vigil.

 

 

Hyde Park Theatre presents

VIGIL
by Morris Panych

September 9 - October 9, 2010

 

For more information or to make reservations,
call 479-PLAY (479-7529) or purchase tickets online

"I spoke to a funeral director today. You don't mind recorded music, do you? Of course not. I don't mean this in a cruel way, but practically speaking, you're the only one who won't have to listen to it."

Vigil's Kemp has come to attend to his dying aunt. But as the play proceeds, it becomes less and less clear what he is doing there, or whether she will ever actually die. The Globe and Mail called this black comedy "a small masterpiece." Maclean's called it "a devilishly funny play that laughs in death's face."

The 2010 production reunites Hyde Park Theatre Artistic Director Ken Webster (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Collection, House) and Lana Dieterich (Our Town, The Grapes of Wrath) in this wickedly funny dark comedy.

Vigil runs at 8:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, September 9 - October 9. Every Thursday is Pay What You Can Night; Friday and Saturday tickets are $19 ($17 for students, seniors, and ACOT members). Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. For reservations call 479-PLAY (7529) 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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