Carpenter Square Theatre is proud to
announce the 2022
season of shows...
Celebrate 38 years of quality theatre in Oklahoma City!
For more information, please call (405) 232-6500.
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PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE
a comedy by Steve Martin
1996 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off Broadway Play
This long running Off Broadway
absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in
1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of
relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In
his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast
and loose with fact, fame, and fortune as these two geniuses muse (and argue)
about the century’s achievements and prospects, as well as other fanciful
topics, with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso’s agent, the
bartender and his mistress, Picasso’s date, an elderly philosopher, and an
idiotic inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise
patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark-haired
visitor in blue suede shoes time warped in from the 1950s.
(CST first produced “Picasso” in
2000 in Season 16. Audiences loved its quirky humor. There is a 2017 revised
version that we will be presenting.)
"It’s important to remember that
the playwright of Picasso at the Lapin Agile is Steve Martin, stand-up comic,
actor, writer, banjo player and something of a genius in his own right. So when
big questions are being addressed, you can be sure that a layer of silliness is
always in place (and, subversively, a layer of seriousness beneath that)." - The
New York Times.
"Highly credible and [...] very
funny. The subject matter is daring [...] You get giggles in plenty [and]
moments of enlightenment [...] The introduction of the final, exquisitely
selected visitor from the future is a master stroke." - New York Post.
"Consistently entertaining." -
New York Daily News.
"Very engaging [...] Martin
sends ideas onstage in baggy pants, with a cigar [...] mix[ing] the sublime with
the ridiculous [so] that they can't be easily disentangled [...] Very good fun."
- The New York Times.
“A major treat." – Newsday.
"Steve Martin's enlightening
play is equally smart and silly [...]" - Hartford Courant.
February 11 - March 5, 2022
a historical comedy-drama by Richard Strand
(Intended for Educational Outreach)
escaped slave shows up at Fort Monroe demanding sanctuary, General Benjamin
Butler is faced with an impossible moral dilemma—follow the letter of the law or
make a game-changing move that could alter the course of U.S. history?
BUTLER is] part comedy, part historical drama and part biography, often all at
once…Just call it splendid…The beauty of the script…is how it approaches thorny
topics. In short, it’s a hoot. Rather than dry exposition or long-winded
discussions, these men use wordplay that is by turns sarcastic, droll and
witty…[Strand’s] comic voice is…clever without being glib, meaningful without
being pretentious. It’s a funny and impressive mixture.” —The New York Times.
“…simultaneously thought-provoking and sidesplitting.” —TheaterMania.com.“…an
extraordinary, artful script…spirited, intense, often humorous dialogue makes
this show completely captivating…a significant piece of theater and a timeless
exploration of social conscience and individual responsibility.” —BroadwayWorld.com.
March 25 - April
HOPE AND GRAVITY
a comedy by Michael Hollinger
When an elevator falls in a
major city, nine lives intersect in surprising ways, both comic and
tragic—through love and sex, poetry and dentistry; in offices, homes, and hotel
rooms. Jill longs for Steve, who’s engaged to Barb, who hooks up with Peter,
who’s already having an affair with Nan, who’s married to Marty, who subscribes
to Elevator World. Meanwhile, nine stories off the ground, Douglas meets
Tanya—who’s hoping to get pregnant with Hal—and a little miracle changes hands.
By turns hilarious and profound, HOPE AND GRAVITY traces the barely perceivable
threads that connect us all.
“…brilliantly structured and
hilariously written…” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“A satisfying, crowd-pleasing
puzzle play, with nine scenes in two acts, but not in chronological order.”
“Some of the scenes are
laugh-out-loud funny; others are tenderly poignant.” —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
“There’s a thrill in chasing
this plot—it’s always tantalizingly ahead of you—and finally nailing it. The
thrill extends to witnessing five actors, some in dual roles, as they lay out
this story that happens in the past, or sometimes in the future, yet also in the
present.” —WHYY Philadelphia.
“[It’s] Michael Hollinger at
his best: witty banter, well-turned phrases, and genuine characters make us
laugh; then something unexpectedly wonderful and mysterious lifts us to a new
level. Gravity tugs us downward but hope allows us to soar, as HOPE AND GRAVITY
shows.” —BroadStreetReview.com .
April 29 - May 21, 2022
a romantic comedy by Matthew Barber
From the novel Eleanor and
Abel by Annette Sanford. Retired schoolteacher Eleanor Bannister lives a
quiet life alone in tiny Groverdell, Texas, set in her routines and secure in
her position as the town’s most respected woman—until a hole in her roof draws
the attention of Abel Brown, a smooth-talking drifter intent on renovating
Eleanor’s house, and possibly her life. Can the unexpected sparks of late-life
romance be trusted, or is there truth in the gossip that Abel isn’t all that he
seems to be? Either way, the whole town is talking.
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“…perfection…[a] beautiful and
moving play…” —BroadwayWorld.com.
“…winsome, warm…a charming,
quiet love story [that will] warm the cockles of your heart.” —New Haven
“…Barber writes in the cadences
of classic romance…a well-told story of tentative, late-life love.” —The
“…Perfection…an absorbing piece
of storytelling with vibrant characters experiencing a wide range of human
emotion…a play that reminds us how great theater can be…” —Connecticut Arts
June 10 - 25, 2022
a romantic comedy-drama by Adam Szymkowicz
Welcome to Colchester, a small
town where everybody knows each other and the pace of life allows the pursuit of
love to take up as much space as it needs. Our tour guide is Suzanne, the town
photographer, who lets us peek into her neighbors’ lives to catch glimpses of
romance in all its stages of development. A play about love, nostalgia, the
seasons, and how we learn to say goodbye.
"It's tender and poignant and
awkward and funny all at the same time - you know, just like life."- Broadway
"Kodachrome" is somewhere
between an ensemble love story, a mischievous comedy and a supernatural dream. -
“This breezy new play by Adam
Szymkowicz, receiving its world premiere production at Portland Center Stage
under the direction of Rose Riordan, is warm and cheerful but clear-eyed about
the impermanence of love.” - The Oregonian.
“Overall, I highly recommend
KODACHROME. You'll leave Colchester with a newfound determination to stop
putting off whatever it is you've been putting off and, in the words of Harold
Hill, "make today worth remembering." - Broadway World.
"The play intermixes moments
of gut-wrenching sadness with lighthearted humor, all while forcing the audience
to pause and confront each emotion with the click of a shutter.” - The Portland
“This is a beautiful
play–understated, tricky, often humorous, and universal. It’s a story about
ordinary people going about their lives.” Judy Nedry.
July 15 - 30, 2022
a comedy-drama by Charly Evon Simpson
As Fay copes with the death of
her mother and loss of her childhood home, she seeks solace by visiting the
bridge her mother took her to as a child. There she meets Hopkins, who walks the
bridge as a balm for his own grieving. JUMP is a play full of flickering lights,
vapes that fall from the sky, and the magic of hope in the midst of loss.
“[In JUMP]…heartstrings are
not just plucked but shifted, and the reverberations are felt far longer than
the final bows. …what is most profound about this play [is] the juxtaposition
between the difficulty of connecting when you are drowning in loneliness and the
hope of finding a place where connection, truth, and healing prevail.” —RDUOnStage.com.
“While not offering any
definitive answers, Simpson’s richly layered script does offer a ray of hope
that connection is possible IF we pull together the courage to reach out,
listen, and trust one another. It’s thought-provoking, cautionary storytelling
that does what theater does best: informs, enlightens, entertains, and
(hopefully) brings us closer together.” —BroadwayWorld.com.
“[The playwright] makes
clear…that [mental health] issues are complex and take time and effort to work
through. It’s vital, though, to have help in dealing with them, to be connected
with other people. And in JUMP, we’re reminded that the way to connect two
points over dark waters is with a bridge.” —Austin Chronicle.
August 12-27, 2022
LIFESPAN OF A FACT
a comedy by Jeremy
Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
Based on the book by
John D’Agata and Jim Fingal
Jim is a fresh-out-of-Harvard
fact checker for a prominent but sinking New York magazine. John is a talented
writer with a transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy—an essay
that could save the magazine from collapse. When Jim is assigned to fact check
John’s essay, the two come head to head in a comedic, yet gripping, battle over
facts versus truth.
dialogue…once the writer and the fact-checker get into a lively debate on the
ethics of factual truth vs. the beauty of literary dishonesty, it’s time to
really sit up and listen…Their deadly serious but oh-so-funny ethical dispute is
brilliantly argued…the debate at the heart of this play transcends comedy and
demands serious attention.” —Variety.
resonant questions [are] wrestled with in this briskly entertaining play
…you’ll find yourself happy to have your preconceptions disturbed and
assumptions unsettled.” —Washington Post.
“[THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT]
moves with the ticking-clock urgency the situation demands, yet finds
appropriate moments to breathe and let us ruminate on the personal, professional
and moral issues at stake…[an] ingenious adaptation of the sui generis book of
the same name…” —Hollywood Reporter.
tickets now on sale.
Phone (405) 232-6500 for more information.
November 15, 2021