11/12/2019- It’s not your typical holiday tale, but guests at Theatre on the Bay’s newest production “Reckless” will travel across more than a decade of Christmases in the Craig Lucas comedy. The show debuts November 15th at the Herbert L Williams Theatre on the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus. John Thornberry is stage manager and assistant director of the local production, which is the latest comedy in the theatre’s 53rd season, being coined “a season of laughter”.
“The female lead character, Rachel, is at home on Christmas Eve with her husband Tom and Tom turns to her and says ‘I’ve taken a contract out on your life.’ So she runs and she meets Lloyd who picks her up at a gas station where she’s trying to call a neighbor. They end up at Lloyd’s house where they meet Lloyd’s wife, Pooty, who is a paraplegic and the adventures kind of roll on from there.”
The cast and crew involved with Theatre on the Bay have taken on a wide range of themes and genres over their history. Thornberry says comedy is actually often all about knowing how to approach a character’s pain.
“All good comedy is based in, honestly, some kind of pain, whether it’s emotional pain or physical pain. And so, as much as it is anything, it’s treating is as completely serious for the characters and then pushing it that much further over the top to draw the laugh.”
“Reckless” will run November 15th through the 17th and 22nd to the 24th. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30, while Sunday matinees begin at 2. Tickets cost $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students. Those tickets are available through the Theatre on the Bay page on the UWGB website or at the box office one hour before show time.