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.
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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