The Oddly Alike Couple

Like a backwoods Virginia mash-up of Fried Green Tomatoes and a female-fronted Tuesdays with Morrie, Grace & Glorie tells the story of two seemingly dissimilar women thrown together by circumstance, who then stick together by choice and discover they have a whole lot in common. Grace, played by Billie McBride, is a ninety-year-old, self-proclaimed redneck who just wants to die at home but is forced into a more run-down than rustic cabin on the back of her 500-acre property because her jerkoff son sold the rest to developers. Glorie, played by Kendra Crain McGovern, is a young, cultured, Harvard-educated businesswoman volunteering for a hospice-care organization after a life crisis. Together, Grace and Glorie make quite an odd couple.

“They are very different in terms of education, lifestyle and goals,” explains McGovern, “but they are very much the same in terms of life experience and strength. The main drive of the script is more about seizing life and about life experience and about the general human experience than it is about death and dying.”

Grace & Glorie opens tonight at Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Avenue in Golden, with a post-show gala featuring hors d’oeuvre and a meet-and-greet with the cast. The production plays through April 25; to purchase tickets, $20, call 303-935-3044 or go to www.minersalley.com.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 6 p.m.; Sun., April 25, 2 p.m. Starts: March 19. Continues through April 25, 2010

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