Best Medicine Rep, the DMV’s only theater company devoted to comedy, will present a 2019-2020 season composed of a fresh comedy from the West Coast, a reprise of a successful 2018 production, and two world premieres for 2020.
Helen on Wheels will kick off the season. Cricket Daniel’s comedy is about Helen the hellion Wheeler, a whiskey-drinking, shotgun-toting grandma who terrorizes the town of Crockett, Oklahoma from her front porch. Even a stint in the local calaboose will not persuade her to pursue gentler paths. Though her son would like her to move from Crockett to be closer to him (the Sheriff probably would too), she is unwilling to leave her town, over which her late husband presided as Mayor for more than twenty years. Directed by Kelsey Yudice, Helen on Wheels will run from September 13 to October 6, 2019.
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For the holiday season Best Medicine will bring back The Crater Sisters’ Christmas Special, a collaboration between Lori Boyd and Best Medicine Artistic Director John Morogiello. The Craters’ career has…well…cratered, and they have decided that the best way to put themselves back into the swing of things is to do a Christmas Special. Boyd says that they’re thinking of adding another song to the score, but no official word back. From November 29 to December 15 of this year.
Best Medicine will start the new year off with a new play from Morogiello: Comedy of Venice. Two 19th-century Italian playwrights (no, I don’t know which ones) struggle for supremacy and the future of Italian comedy. From January 31 to February 23 of next year.
Best Medicine wraps up its season with Lori Boyd’s latest, The Fifth Date, the story of two folks determined to go down the path of love — if they can get by themselves first. Washington stage veteran Lynn Sharpe Spears will direct; from April 3 — May 3, 2020.
For season scriptions, click here.
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