Emmy®-winner William Blinn’s “A Short Stay at Carranor” is having its Los Angeles premiere engagement at Theatre West. Produced by Charlie Mount and directed by John Gallogly, the show stars Lee Merriwether. The cast also includes Mary Burkin, Greg Lewis, Nick McDow, Donald Moss, Corinne Shor and George Tovar.
Irene is an aging widow who, during World War II, was in love with a soldier boy, Chet. But her parents disapproved of him, and she turned him away. Both married other people and got on with their lives. Since her husband’s death, she has reunited with Chet to resume the love relationship that they began decades ago. It would all be so beautiful and fine, if only there weren’t so many complications.
Chet’s wife, Diane, is still alive. They’re still married. Chet has made it known to Diane that he is moving into the summer home of his first love and intends to spend as much as of his remaining life as he possibly can with Irene. That may not be so long, as Chet is suffers from a disease that is progressively taking a toll on him.
Irene’s overprotective daughter, Shelby, is angry that her mother might find comfort in the arms of any man other than her father. Shelby also objects to Chet because of his politics. Meanwhile, she has lost sight erosion in her own marriage.
“A Short Stay at Carranor” is an affirmation of the enduring power of true love. At the same time, it takes an unblinking look at the harsh realities of making relationships work, and the ending that all of us, especially the old, will surely face.
Blinn is a celebrated writer for television and film, he won Emmy Awards for “Roots” and “Brian’s Song,” created “Starsky and Hutch,” wrote the screenplay for “Purple Rain,” wrote or produced for numerous TV series, among them “Eight Is Enough,” “Pensacola: Wings of Gold,” “Our House,” “Fame,” “Here Come The Brides,” “Hunter” and “The Rookies.”He has been honored with the Peabody Award, the Humanitas Prize, and the Laurel Award for lifetime achievement by the Writers Guild of America.
“A Short Stay at Carranor” opens 8 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2013 and performs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through September 29. Admission is $30 $34 premium seating (first four rows), $25 seniors, $5 students and $22 for groups of twelve or more. Call 323-851-7977 or visit www.theatrewest.org.
Theatre West is located at 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West in Los Angeles. There is free parking in a lot across the street.
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