Greed, corruption, a scandalous affair ‚?? all the makings of must-see, prime-time drama, but you‚??ll have to break away from your TV to watch this one. The Actors Circle at Providence Playhouse (1256 Providence Rd., Scranton) is presenting the drama-driven ‚??Any Wednesday‚?Ě opening tomorrow night and running though Nov. 18.
The story centers on John, the president of a large corporation who finds himself in quite a delicate situation upon the discovery of his mistress. ‚??Any Wednesday‚?Ě may be set back in the 1960s, but the themes are more than relevant today, as so many in power consistently lead double lives.
‚??I think some of the themes persist not only in the political world, but in the business world and any world you choose to think about ‚?? relationships, marriage, infidelity ‚?? in how it‚??s handled and what the end might be,‚?Ě noted director Cody Brooks. ‚??It‚??s certainly been highlighted in the political world with (former President Bill) Clinton.‚?Ě
Being described as a ‚??farcical comedy,‚?Ě ‚??Any Wednesday‚?Ě surely isn‚??t just about the drama. The tangled web woven by John takes you into a story full of irony and deceit, which you can‚??t help but laugh at.
‚??What happens is John has a young girl as his mistress; he has her living in what he calls the ‚??executive suite.‚?? A new secretary at his company mistakenly sends a younger fellow (the co-owner of a business that John has threatened to close for tax purposes) to the suite where he comes upon the mistress,‚?Ě explained Brooks. ‚??In turn, that same day the secretary sends John‚??s wife to the suite and she concludes that the mistress and young guy are husband and wife. It goes from there‚?Ľfiguring how to keep the wife from finding out about the situation.‚?Ě
Brooks submitted the production to the Actors Circle for its 31st season after remembering how funny the play was when he saw it on Broadway in New York during its original release in the 1960s.
‚??Me and my wife remembered enjoying it, how comedic it was,‚?Ě said Brooks. ‚??It has a cast of only four and it did get a Tony Award.‚?Ě
This is Brooks‚?? first time working with the Actors Circle, although he has been involved with theater before, directing shows since high school. And although there are always bumps in the road when perfecting an upcoming performance, Brooks is excited for a live audience to see it on opening night.
‚??Seeing the entire thing fall into place is the reward, but we won‚??t know until we have a live audience as to whether or not we truly have an enjoyable comedy, but I think if you were to just sit and read it, you‚??d find it quite enjoyable with some laughs.‚?Ě
Brooks described a scene in which the four characters are playing a game after arriving at the ‚??executive suite‚?Ě which is ‚??very entertaining and also very insightful as to what is really going on in that setting of the suite,‚?Ě but you‚??ll have to check out the show to find out what happens.
‚??I think it‚??s an entertaining show, it‚??s one, if done effectively, that‚??s very funny, enjoyable, comedic‚?Ľwith a few life lessons thrown in.‚?Ě
‚??Any Wednesday,‚?Ě Nov. 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, at 8 p.m.; Nov. 11 & 18 at 2 p.m.; Actors Circle at Providence Playhouse (1256 Providence Rd., Scranton). $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 students. Reservations recommended. Info: actorscircle.org.