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Falcon Theatre Offers a Little Bit of Everything in New Season

Falcon Theatre’s 2017-18 season lineup has a little of everything, all of it intriguing -  a 20th century American classic, troubling tales that explore issues facing today’s society, a powerful, contemporary reimagining of a certain classic tale of horror still relevant to our modern world. 

Production dates have not been set.  Plays listed in alphabetical order:

A Great Wilderness by Samuel D. Hunter. Walt, a gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat, has devoted decades of his life to “curing” gay teens of their homosexuality. Packing up his life and preparing for a reluctant retirement, Walt is pressured into accepting one last client.

When that client disappears into the Idaho wilderness, Walt is forced to examine the possibility that he has been deceiving himself and others for the bulk of his life. The story navigates complex moral terrain and explores the inconstant strength of personal convictions.

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Blanche DuBois, both sustained and shattered by her romantic illusions, arrives at her sister Stella’s shabby New Orleans apartment after the family home is given up to creditors. Blanche faces a powerful enemy in Stella’s husband Stanley Kowalski, who delivers fatal blows of reality. 

Frankenstein by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley. You may have seen National Theatre’s filmed version, which has played on local screens several times. Born and cast into a cruel and hostile world, Victor Frankenstein’s grotesque and bewildered Creature wanders the world, seeking acceptance and compassion.

As he becomes increasingly desperate and vengeful, the Creature confronts his horror-struck creator to strike a terrifying deal. This deeply disturbing tale examines issues of scientific responsibility and morality, parental neglect, and the nature of good and evil.

Poor Behavior by Theresa Rebeck. A weekend in the country for two couples spins out of control when Maureen makes jealous and reckless accusations of infidelity between her husband Ian and their old friend Ella. As Ella’s husband Peter makes a futile attempt to control the domestic carnage, the story develops into a fiercely funny and farcical commentary on the unexpected ease of betrayal and the fragility of marriage.

The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh. A writer whose macabre fairy tales are eerily similar to a series of child murders is interrogated by government officials. Unsettling and chillingly funny, the play is an unblinking examination of the power, nature, and purpose of art.

The final plays in the current season are Rabbit Hole, March 24-April 6 and Master Harold…and the Boys, May 5-18. Falcon is located at 636 Monmouth St. Newport. Tickets $20, students $15 Thursday performances are discounted $5. For more information visit falcontheatre.net.

-Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts