Mid-Ohio Valley Players return with ‘Bedroom Farce’
MARIETTA — The 1970s are back as the Mid-Ohio Valley Players kicks off its 2021-22 season with “Bedroom Farce” by Alan Ayckbourn.
It will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with additional performances Sept. 24-25 and a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee on Sept. 26 at the Mid-Ohio Valley Players Theatre at 229 Putnam St. in Marietta.
Tickets are $13 per person and are available online at midohiovalleyplayers.org or in person beginning at 6:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. for the matinee) before each show.
The story kicks off with Delia and Ernest getting ready to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Malcolm and Kate are throwing a housewarming party where they’ve invited Jan and Nick (the latter being stuck at home in bed with a back injury) and unhappily married Trevor (who is also Jan’s ex) and Susannah. After a huge fight and a kiss between exes, the night and hilarity seemingly never end as Susannah runs to Delia and Ernest (Trevor’s parents) and Trevor tries to straighten things out with Nick and Jan.
Half of the four couples in “Bedroom Farce” are played by actual married couples.
Newcomer Ashton Michael is Kate, the “ditzier” half of her husband Malcolm, played by Ashton’s husband, Dyrk Michael.
“Much like our real relationship, Kate and Malcolm are a fun-loving, playful couple and it makes taking the stage even more thrilling,” Ashton said.
Kathy Biery takes on the role of Delia, bringing a stark, conservative contrast to the younger, more liberal women in the show.
“It has been a lot of fun to bring to the stage,” Biery said. “Her traditional values and old-fashioned outlook on marriage and relationships is simple — ‘I think people would be far happier if they were just left to get on with it.'”
Actor Ike Eastwood plays the “self-absorbed” Trevor.
“He’s caught between his past and future,” he said. “It’s been a real thrill ride taking on this character.”
The rest of the cast includes George Faber as Ernest, Nathaniel Maciag as Nick, Morgan Maciag as Jan and Vanessa Rake as Susannah.
The show was directed by Kermit Polan, with Anita Newhart as assistant director.