Bev Newcomb-Madden can relate to the housewife-protagonist of While We Were Bowling. The play (which shes directing) follows the travails of a traditional family unit in Buffalo, New York, as the cheerfully kitschy 50s melt into the psychedelic 60s. I was a young housewife, too, when this was all going on, so I know the period very well, and I certainly know the frustrations how we as young mothers acquiesced to a patriarchal society, she says.
Not, she adds, that the play itself would put it in those terms. It has serious overtones, Newcomb-Madden observes, but its a comedy. The family has bowling in common, and thats kind of a hook for the transition within the framework of the family. The mothers a TV mother in a bit of an alcoholic haze, and she eventually finds herself, and her children do, too. So its metaphor for the times, but its also a great time. As for Newcomb-Maddens own experience with those times, she jokes, We just hoped to hell our kids wouldnt turn out to be druggies.
While We Were Bowling opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, and continues through May 8; for tickets ($18-$24), showtimes or more information, go to www.aurorafox.org or call 303-739-1970.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: April 8. Continues through May 8, 2011
Get the Events Newsletter
What's happening in town? From underground club nights to the biggest outdoor festivals, our top picks for the week's best events will always keep you in on the action.
More CALENDAR News
- SIA Snow Show
- Clutch Con 2015
- Screw Your Resolution Party