Posted on 03/01/2011 12:00am
Winner of the London Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play, the exceedingly funny, intelligent and moving comedy Humble Boy opens March 18-27 at The Public Theatre. “Imagine the intelligence of Tom Stoppard, the humor and pathos of Alan Ayckbourn, and the winsome characters of Chekhov mixed together with a touch of Hamlet thrown in,” is how director Christopher Schario describes this smart and complex comedy with a big engaging heart. Funny and touching, bursting with original ideas and characters you come to care deeply about, Humble Boy is a bittersweet reminder that a high IQ is irrelevant when you’re trying to understand your family.
Theoretical astrophysicist Felix Humble has left Cambridge and his search for the unified “Theory of Everything” to attend the funeral of his bee-keeping father, but instead finds himself in the middle of a hornet’s nest. Returning home he discovers his father’s beehive mysteriously empty, his mother romantically involved with the next-door neighbor, a mousey family friend, a dutiful gardener, and a visitor from his own romantic past. Felix then begins an amusing and complex struggle to find order amidst the chaos of his constantly shifting universe. Encompassing everything from bees to black holes, make a bee-line to see what critics have called “one of the most poignant and satisfying comedies in recent years.”
A luminary all-star professional cast is certain to light up the stage at The Public Theatre. Taking center stage as Felix’s mother Flora, is New York actress Barbara McCulloh. Barbara has appeared on Broadway as Anna in The King and I, opposite Lou Diamond Philips and as Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby. Orbiting around her will be Kern Mc Fadden as her scientific son Felix. Kern comes to The Public Theatre directly following his role in the Off-Broadway production of The Misanthrope at The Pearl Theatre. Joyce Cohen also stars as Mercy, a friend of the family. Joyce has appeared on Broadway, as well as in numerous regional theatres starring opposite actors such as David Strathairn, and might even be recognized by TPT audiences for her role in the Disney classic “High School Musical”. Also, returning to The Public Theatre will be George Tynan Crowley (Art, Betrayal) in the role of Jim, Sandra Blaney (Indoor/Outdoor, Jekyll and Hyde) as Rosie and Andrew Harris (Enchanted April) as George.
Humble Boy is set in a lovely English garden designed by Christopher Price, enchantingly lit by Bart Garvey and features beautiful costumes by Kathleen Brown.
Humble Boy runs March 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27. Thurs/Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 8pm, Sun 2pm, with an added matinee performance on Saturday, March 26 at 2pm. For tickets call 782-3200. The Public Theatre is located at 31 Maple St, downtown Lewiston.