Two Muses Theatre was founded in 2011 by Diane Hill and Barbie Weisserman with the idea of establishing a nonprofit, professional theatre dedicated to increasing opportunities for female artists and artisans. Setting up shop in the intimate 150-seat theatre inside the Barnes & Noble Booksellers on Orchard Lake Road meant they would be continually exposed to potential patrons while assuring those patrons good parking, lighting, security and all the amenities of an established retail environment. Moreover, the women promised that all funds raised from performances and educational workshops would go directly into maintaining the theatre and contributing to charitable organizations centered on women and families.
Happily, the formula is working, and Two Muses Theatre is back for their fourth season with a five-show schedule.
“At the Bistro Garden” – September 26 through October 19, 2014
This premiere of a brand new musical opens the Two Muses season. Penned by Hollywood writer Deborah Pearl (Designing Women) and composer/lyricist David Kole, it’s a sharply funny and touching look at the lives of three friends from Beverly Hills who lunch weekly at the famous Bistro Garden restaurant, circa 1980. Their friendship keeps them from shattering and helps them get through infidelities, betrayals, a daughter going astray, love lost, and love found. With songs like “Lovely Little Divorce,” “My Ex-Husband Gets Married Today,” “A Sale At Neiman’s,” and “Life Is Upsetting Enough,” the audience will laugh and cry at the trials and triumphs of these “ladies who lunch.” This production is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Directed by award-winning L.A./Actors Theater of Louisville director, Jules Aaron.
“Jake's Women” – November 14 through December 7, 2014
This semi-autobiographical Neil Simon comedy follows writer Jake as he battles writer’s block while dealing with the imaginary demons of his past relationships. This includes struggles with his late first wife, his second wife, his 12-year-old daughter, and others who may (or may not) be figments of his vivid imagination. Neil Simon fans are very familiar with his popular play, “Chapter Two,” which introduced some of these characters. Co-Directed by Barbie Weisserman and Bailey Boudreau.
“God of Carnage” – April 10 through May 3, 2015
This biting comedy won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2009 (Jeff Daniels earned a Tony nomination himself) and was dubbed a comedy of manners—without the manners. It pits two couples against each other after their sons have engaged in a playground fight and suggests that the veneer of civilization we don as our public face may be thinner than we dare admit. Hilarious and thought-provoking, this was among the longest-running Broadway shows of its decade. Directed by Yolanda Fleischer.
"Clybourne Park” – June 5 through June 28, 2015
To close the season, Two Muses Theatre will present a play by Bruce Norris, a member of the famed Chicago-based Steppenwolf Theater. “Clybourne Park” won the 2012 Tony Award, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2011 Olivier Award for Best New Play. Mr. Norris wrote this piece as a response to “A Raisin in the Sun,” extrapolating on some of the more-minor characters from that piece in order to offer a different perspective on that situation. This fascinating script, both hilarious and appalling, focuses on the still-timely issues of race and integration, and promises to provoke further discussion after audiences exit the theater. Directed by Diane Hill.
For all shows, individual ticket prices range from $18 to $25, with discounts for seniors (62+) and students. Each production will also offer a special student price of $15, available with student ID at the door for select performances. In addition, a subscription program is available with savings of 20% off the individual ticket prices for this blockbuster season. For more information, go to the Two Muses Theatre website or call the box office during business hours at 248-850-9919. Two Muses Theatre performs in the theatre inside Barnes & Noble Booksellers, located at 6800 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield (south of Maple). There is ample free parking and handicap accessibility.