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Humorous and Moving - What Rhymes with America - March 11-20, 2016

Posted on 03/02/2016 12:00pm by Jennifer Madigan

The humorous, touching and thought-provoking Off-Broadway hit, What Rhymes with America plays March 11 – 20, at The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn’s Professional Theatre.  This poignant and funny play explores the lives, hearts and heartbreak of a recently divorced dad, his estranged teenage daughter, a struggling actress and an endearing middle-aged virgin, as they each try to figure out how to move forward in their lives.  

Hank is a down-on-his luck father moonlighting as an “extra” at the Metropolitan Opera to pay his bills.  Still pining for his almost-ex-wife, he must confront his desire to retrieve the life he lost and the knowledge that he must move on. Adjusting to life on his own, he attempts to repair his relationship with his estranged teenage daughter while dipping his toe in the dating scene after 22 years of marriage with an endearingly awkward 40-year-old virgin.

When asked to describe the story, Director Christopher Schario refers to a line from the play  - “People pretend to like different, but really they only like marginally different. What people really love is the same in disguise.” 

A writer for the popular television series, House of Cards, playwright Melissa James Gibson’s emotionally penetrating wit and compassionate insight, makes her one of the most unique voices in theater today. Don’t miss the New England premiere of this humorous and heartbreaking off-Broadway hit.

Continuing the high quality of acting regularly seen at The Public Theatre, the cast of professional actors includes Kyle Knauf as Hank, Lindsey Gates as his endearing date Lydia, Carolyn Faye Kramer as his daughter Marlene, and Janet Mitchko as his opera co-worker Sheryl.  All four actors have performed extensively Off-Broadway and at various regional theatres, and Kyle can soon be seen in the upcoming “Untitled Woody Allen Project”.

A Free Pre-show Wine-tasting will be held in the theatre lobby on Thursday March 17th beginning at 6:30pm, hosted by Rails Restaurant.

What Rhymes with America will be performed at The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn’s Professional Theatre, March 11, 12 13, 17, 18, 19, 20. Show times are Thurs/Fri at 7:30, Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm, with an added Sat matinee on March 19 at 3pm. For tickets visit or call 782-3200.