On the Road

Denver’s And Toto Too theater troupe does something none of the others do, notes spokeswoman Susan Lyles: They produce and perform only new works — many of them premieres — created by women, both local and international. With that in mind, the company kicks off its 2011 season tonight with the regional premiere of Car Talk, a comedy by Yale School of Drama graduate Lucile Lichtblau, a playwright and author living in New Jersey.

“It’s the story of two sets of people: Ed and Millie, a middle-aged couple who have a daughter, Rosalie, who they find out is gay,” Lyles explains. “It’s a total surprise to them, but they decide to drive down for a weekend to meet their daughter’s girlfriend. But then she announces that she’s also getting married that weekend. It’s all about their adjustment to the idea of their daughter’s being gay. All the characters have their own issues with commitment, especially Rosalie, and it ends up being both funny and touching at same time. And it all takes place in cars, which is one place where you just can’t get away from things you have to face.”

It is, in fact, a play that takes place entirely in cars, which is cause for its own set of difficulties: “Right now, we’re trying to figure out how to get a whole car downstairs in the Vic,” Lyles says.

The show debuts at 7:30 p.m. at the Denver Victorian Theater, 4201 Hooker Street, for a run of mid-week performances though March 31; for tickets, $20 to $22 (or $11 on Cheap Date Tuesdays), visit www.andtototoo.org.
Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: March 2. Continues through March 31, 2011

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