Fresh from winning the Ovation Award as Best Actress (in “Master Class” at International City Theatre), Gigi Bermingham returns to Sierra Madre Playhouse (where she starred in “Arcadia”) to direct “An Ideal Husband.”
A government capital is shaken with plots, insider trading, sexual intrigue, greed, blackmail, back-stabbing, and a scandal so shocking it threatens to topple the established order. Is it Washington in 2013? No, it’s London in 1895. A politician on the rise is threatened with the destruction of his career and the loss of his adoring wife’s love if a sexy, vixenish extortionist reveals an appalling secret from the legislator’s youth. There are betrayals on top of betrayals and romances on top of romances in Oscar Wilde’s funny, witty, sharply observant comedy.
Fans of Oscar Wilde will be thrilled with this mounting. Those new to Wilde will understand why he is considered the greatest English writer (though born in Dublin) of his time (1854-1900).
Gigi Bermingham’s previous directing credits include “You Can’t Take it With You,” “Thin Man,” and “”It Can’t Happen Here,” all for Antaeus Company. In addition to her Ovation Award for “Master Class,” she won another Ovation Award for her solo comedy “Non-Vital Organs.” She also won the Natalie Schafer Award (for emerging comedic actress) from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.
Her cast for this new production of “An Ideal Husband” includes (in alphabetical order) Nicola Bertram, John Combs, Ata Farhadi, Albert Garnica, John Hays, Jonathan Lamer, Michael Matthys, Alexandria Napier, Ann Noble and Lizzie Zerebko.
Production manager: Estelle Campbell. Production stage manager: Kimberly Weber. Assistant director: Rachel Berney Needleman. Sound designer: Jeff Gardner. Set designer: Cesar Holguin. Lighting design: Anna Cecelia Martin. Costume design: Naila Aladdin Sanders.
Whether or not you are an ideal husband or wife, bring your ideal significant other to Sierra Madre Playhouse to enjoy “An Ideal Husband.”
WHAT: “An Ideal Husband.” The classic comedy.
WHO: Written by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Gigi Bermingham. Produced by Sherrie Lofton for Sierra Madre Playhouse.
WHERE: Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Ample FREE parking behind theatre.
WHEN: Friday, January 17- Sunday, February 23, 2014. Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:30. Opening Night Gala performance on January 17 is followed by Champagne reception and light buffet.
ADMISSION: $25. Seniors (65+) and students (13-17), $22. Children 12 and under, $15.
RESERVATIONS: (626) 355-4318.
ONLINE TICKETING: www.sierramadreplayhouse.org