TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE Opens for Pay-What-You-Can Tonight at 8pm

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 27, 2015

There is an unadulterated bliss one has when working alongside such creative, talented and affable artists as Jay Doolittle and Matthew Whitfield in the two-character play Tuesdays with Morrie. Each are artists in their own rights, one more so by wisdom seasoned with age and the other with that eagerness of youth. Both make the best performers anyone could hope for.

Jay, at 74, is the personification of Mitch Albom’s Morrie Schwartz. Matthew Whitfield is an artist who has the smarts to know how much can be learned from a 68-year-old director and his 74-year-old costar, or as Morrie says so eloquently in Tuesdays with Morrie, “Age is not a competition.” Inside, I’m every age I’ve ever been. I can be a child when it’s appropriate to be a child, and I can be a wise old man when it’s appropriate to be a wise old man.

Tuesdays with Morrie opens tonight (Friday) at 8pm for our traditional pay-what-you-can preview. All tickets remaining at the box office at 7:30pm will go on sale for whatever price you wish to pay. Performances continue through April 11 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday, April 4.

Another much admired and respected thespian, Marge Lillard, a great lady of the theatre whose roots go back to those halcyon days of Vaudeville, has acted, sung and danced her way across the country and even played dates in Europe. She has graced the Roxy stage from our earliest days, playing leads in 70 Girls 70 and Cabaret and choreographing many productions here for us as well as other local theatres, all the while managing to be devoted wife to the late Col. James Lillard and raise seven children who produced thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Marge will be coming out of retirement this spring to play the Bird Woman in Mary Poppins. As a special treat, she has agreed to speak of her “life in the theatre,” answer questions and, in part, celebrate her 94 years of life on and off the stage with our audience on opening weekend, following the 8pm performance of Mary Poppins on Saturday, April 25. Champagne and comestibles will be part of the grand opening festivities, and tickets are $40.

I was coming out of the locker room at the “Y” on my way to Susan Nicholson’s splendid Pilates class, when I overheard two men telling a joke to an African-American friend of mine. The joke referred to “Adam and Steve” and the Garden of Eden. I’ve heard this reference ad nauseam, but I learned later that my friend had not. As I passed by, he said, “Hello, John,” and I retorted, “No, I’m Steve!” The joke, I later learned, was never finished. I had killed it. Later, I wanted to tell my friend the kind of people who make the “Adam and Steve” reference would most assuredly make the “Uncle Tom and Woodshed” joke as well.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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