July 31, 2008

Community Players’ ‘BASH’ an Unsettling Look at Violence

By Reading Eagle, Pa.

Jul. 31--Reading Community Players will stage "BASH," a series of short one-act plays by Neil LaBute, this weekend and next at the group's playhouse at 403 N. 11th St.

Hailed as a brilliant dramatic satirist, LaBute won the New York Film Critics award for best first feature and the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival for 1997's "In the Company of Men."

"BASH" opened off-Broadway in 2000 with a cast that included Calista Flockhart, Paul Rudd and Ron Eldard. It presents a chilling look into the lives of ordinary people committing horrifi c crimes.

In "Iphigenia in Orem," a business and family man confesses a most disturbing crime to a stranger in a hotel room.

In "A Gaggle of Saints," a Mormon couple gives separate accounts of a violent weekend during an anniversary getaway to New York City.

And "Medea Redux" has a woman recounting an unsettling relationship with her grade-school English teacher.

Josh Austin makes his Community Players directing debut, leading a cast that features Josh Rambo, Jeff Thomas, Shelley Waszk and Melissa Wagner.

Due to mature themes, it is not recommended for anyone under 18.

Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 10.

Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (over 65) and $8 for students.

For more information call 610-375-9106 or visit the Web site www.rcptheatre.org.


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