By Jeffrey Hatcher
Ten ChimneysApril 23, 2013 - May 26, 2013
Directed By Dámaso Rodriguez
When life and theatre collide it is a beautiful thing, is it not?
This revealing comedy peers into the backstage lives of Broadway power-duo Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in Jeffrey Hatcher’s new play brimming with theatre lore. Set at the couple’s legendary Wisconsin estate in the 1930s, love triangles and family dysfunction reveal themselves when the rehearsal process for an upcoming production of Chekhov’s The Sea Gull becomes a true-to-life plot. A heartwarming and hilarious look into a slightly warped mirror reflects the real depths of truth, loyalty and love in private lives behind the curtain.
*Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
THIS PLAY WILL RUN APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS PLUS ONE INTERMISSION.
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PHOTOS! Click here to see photos of the production by Owen Carey.
ABOUT Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne and Ten Chimneys:
By the mid 1920s, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne were the two most respected, most popular, most critically acclaimed, and highest-paid stage actors in the country. Ten Chimneys, was the summer estate of the theatre legends located in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin.
Jeffrey Hatcher's production ran Off-Broadway last Fall starring Byron Jennings and Carolyn McCormick star as Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.
"Whenever we are talking about theater, we are talking about love" - Lynn Fontanne
“They really are the most extraordinary couple. They are sweet and warm and friendly…I love and admire them both so much.” Noël Coward
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"I very much like the casting of this show, not just for the talent level but also for the weight and tone of the performances, which are calibrated for a dynamic and constantly shifting balance," wrote Bob Hicks for Oregon Arts Watch. Read the rest of the beautifully written and detailed review here.
"Artists Repertory Theatre’s production is a grand backstage comedy—a theatrical romp through everything that makes theater joyous," wrote Aaron Scott for Portland Monthly's Culturephile. Read the rest of the great review here!
"Rodriguez marshaled vivid design work ... And he’s drawn bright, witty performances from a top-notch seven-actor ensemble," wrote Marty Hughley in his review for The Oregonian. Click here to read the rest of the review.
“This is my first time at Artists Rep; I loved the show. I will be back.” - Audience Member
"... it offers a lesson in how to watch the show you're watching—a reminder of the craft, the hundreds of tiny decisions about makeup and lighting and hats—that goes into making live performance look easy." - Alison Hallett, Portland Mercury. Read it here.
"... a mostly smart play about showy people acting in occasionally foolish ways, as Chekhov and Coward whisper to them from the wings." - Rebecca Jacobson, Willamette Week. Read it here.
“What great acting and fabulous, fabulous costumes!” - Audience member
... "a meta-theatrical experiment. They're on an estate rehearsing a play about rehearsing a play on an estate ... I think it needs to be a really fun ride (even) for people who have no idea who these characters are," said incoming Artistic Director Damaso Rodriguez in a preview article of Ten Chimneys by Marty Hughley of The Oregonian. Click here to read the rest.
“There was some serious talent on that stage. It was wonderful. Thank you!” - Audience member
"The play looks and feels like a bright, witty comedy, the kind that used to light up Broadway stages year after year...," wrote Patrick Brassell for BroadwayWorld.com. Click here to read it.
“Fast paced, great acting, very funny!” - Audience Member
"Ten Chimneys delivers an intimate inside look at the private lives of America’s First Couple of the theater." - Chicago Theatre Beat