The Waukesha Civic Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide quality live theatre performances and educational opportunities that will enrich, challenge and entertain both participants and audience members.
New York City, circa 1985. Paula McFadden and her ten-year-old daughter Lucy are all set to leave for L.A. with Paula’s actor boyfriend when he abruptly decides to head the other direction to shoot a movie in Spain, leaving them in the lurch. Worse yet, he’s sublet the apartment they share to an actor friend from Chicago, Elliot Garfield. Though they can’t stand each other right off the bat, they agree to become reluctant roommates, with plenty of laughs, tears, and music along the way.
Based on the popular 1977 film of the same name, The Goodbye Girl is a musical comedy from acclaimed playwright Neil Simon, with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by David Zippel.
The Waukesha Civic Theatre’s production, starring Amy Barootian as Paula, Nathan Danzer as Elliot, and
Elle Erato as Lucy features fun, energetic musical numbers and plenty of laughs. It’s a WCT must-see. “In this day and age where everything is negative,” says the show’s Wig Master Anthony Mackie, “this is a fun show to see. It’s a happy show to see.”
Scott Allen, a member of the Ensemble and a regular on WCT’s stage, agrees. “It’s Neil Simon!” he enthuses. A romantic comedy fully of song and dance from one of America’s best playwrights? “You’ll walk out of the theatre with a big smile on your face.”
And don’t overlook the technical aspects of the show. The play’s set, designed by Michael Talaska, is particularly striking. Elle Erato, who plays Lucy, is especially excited about the roof and the scene they get to act on it. Katie McCaskey and Emma Schoultz, who play Lucy’s friends Cynthia and Melanie, share Elle’s excitement. “It’s a really cool set design,” Emma explains. The costumes from designer Dana Brzezinski—including some fantastic 1985 aerobic wear—are a treat as well.
During the run of the show, the Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery will feature art from the Donna Lexa Community Art Center. You can find more information about the organization, whose primary goal is “promoting creativity, dignity, and community for people with special needs through art,” on their website: http://www.donnalexa.org/
Directed by John Cramer, the Waukesha Civic Theatre’s production of The Goodbye Girl opens Friday, September 13th, 2013.
Tickets are available through the box office, Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and by phone at (262) 547-0708. You can also purchase tickets at the WCT website: http://www.waukeshacivictheatre.org/57thSeason/TheGoodbyeGirl.html
Tickets are $23 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Subscribers and groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $17 each.
Performances of The Goodbye Girl run from September 13th through September 29th. See the website for more information, and be sure to get your tickets in advance!