Gene Frankel Theatre
Presented by Retro Productions
By Paul Zindel
Directed by Shay Gines
Wynne Anders, Christopher Borg, Heather E. Cunningham, Rebecca Holt, Amanda Jones, Sean J. Moran, Sara Thigpen
Scenic Design: Jack & Rebecca Cunningham
Costume Design: Ben Philipp
Lighting Design: Asa Lipton
Sound Design: DeLisa M. White
Stage Manager: Elizabeth Ramsay
First Performance May 5, 2017
Final Performance May 20, 2017
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And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little is an often biting and occasionally touching black comedy of the late 60s that centers on the lives of the three Reardon sisters, whose father abandoned the family long ago, and whose mother has recently passed away. The sisters, now adults and all working in the New York City public school system, have come to a crossroads – the youngest sister, having barely survived a scandalous incident at school, has suffered a nervous breakdown.
When the married sister comes back to the childhood apartment the two unmarried sisters now share in an effort to commit her sibling to an institution, the built-up resentments of the last decade are pushed to the forefront. Should Anna be committed? Is it in her best interest or is it just easier for Ceil if she doesn’t have to care for her? Is it selfish of Catherine to want to keep her at home? Who is strongest in this fight of wills – and does Catherine really need another cocktail?
Artistic Director Heather E. Cunningham explains what drew her to the play and why it’s still so relevant, “The more I read it – and the more I read about the year we are setting it in 1968 – the more fascinating it becomes in the context of our past – these four educated women in this apartment being told what to think and how to feel and how they should be living their lives by the only MAN in the room – it perfectly encapsulates the struggle at the beginning of feminism and now. It’s eerie to realize how little has changed.”