Stephanie Zimbalist teaches “Sex and Education” in a play written by Lissa Levin and directed by Andrew Barnicle which opens at the Colony Theatre 8 p.m. Saturday, February 15. The cast also features Allison Lindsey and William Reinbold.
Before texting, facebooking, and tweeting became the preferred mode of communication for young people, there was writing notes. Remember passing them in high school? Remember how it felt to get caught? OMG! Meet Miss Edwards, a high school English teacher on the last day of a long teaching career. And meet Joe Marks, a basketball star whose college scholarship is suddenly in jeopardy when his attempt to pass his girlfriend a profanity-laced, sexually charged note, dripping with hormones and misplaced modifiers, is intercepted by Miss Edwards during a final exam. With nothing to lose as she bids farewell to her teaching career, Miss Edwards puts an unorthodox approach to the test, using the note to teach him a lesson in English composition, and to see if she can light an intellectual flame under one last underachiever.
Levin enjoys the frequent surprised reaction to the fact that “Sex and Education,” a play about the merits and intricacies of good grammar, was written by a 25-year veteran of television comedy. Her credits include the Emmy-nominated “Mad About You,” “Cheers,” “WKRP In “Cincinati,” “Family Ties,” “Brothers,” “Thunder Alley” (with Ed Asner), “Mr. Belevedere” and “Gloria” (with Sally Struthers), amongst many others. An award-winning librettist/lyricist, Levin garnered the prestigious Kleban Award for the libretto for her musical, “Twist of Fate” (composer Ron Abel), which also won L.A. Weekly’s Musical of the Year and two L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards, and was nominated for a Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Musical.
“Sex and Education” previews 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, February 12-14, opens 8 p.m. Saturday, February 15 and performs 8 p.m. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Sunday, March 16. Tickets range from $20 - $49 (group discounts are available). Opening night performance with reception - all tickets $55. Call 818-558-7000 ext. 15 or visit www.ColonyTheatre.org.
There are question-and-answer talkbacks after the performances on Friday, February 21 and Thursday, March 6.
The Colony Theatre is located at 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the Burbank Town Center Mall.