THAT’S WHY THE LADY IS A SAGE
WHEN: Fri & Sat, June 12-13, 2015
Woman’s Work: Wiping Up War
Readers Theatre Rep brings a special project to its summer production of Cleaning Lady Whips the Dogs of War, by David Ritchie. Bob Martin directs this show, the third of Ritchie’s he’s mounted at RTR, which features some of RTR’s favorite actors. The production is themed THAT’S WHY THE LADY IS A SAGE.
The Cleaning Lady is a wise old woman who has been mopping up men’s wars for longer than she cares to remember. Now she’s pitching in at her daughter’s restaurant in Paris, where she dispenses vinegary wisdom along with the pomme frites and Pernod. The seriously funny show explores what it is to have a mother who’s practically a saint, whether punk rock or bagpipes are better for one’s golf, and if one has an ethical duty to bring an arms dealer his chips.
RTR has produced two other Ritchie plays, and a few characters from the earlier productions reappear in Cleaning Lady, including the Lady herself. Martin says “It’s been a pleasure to watch David’s work evolve, and it’s as though these great characters have grown over time, too.”
The cast includes RTR rock stars Douglas Mitchell, Suzanne Owens-Duvall, Lucy Paschal, Randy Patterson and Gary Powell. “We are so fortunate to have these folks on our stage to tell this story,” says Martin. “We love them all, and both the playwright and myself are grateful they’re helping us develop this new play.”
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