by Brandon Thomas is a classic farce of mistaken identity. Two college gentlemen invite two young ladies to lunch to meet Charley's aunt and to propose marriage. When the aunt doesn't show, they must have a chaperone, so they draft a fellow classmate to impersonate the aunt. Of course when the real aunt shows up all manner of craziness ensues. Throw in two older gentlemen, father of one of the boys and the guardian of the two girls, who both fancy the "aunt," and you have the makings of a "rollicking" good farce.
Quotes from "Charley's Aunt"
“…the name understates its sterling qualities. Good Theater isn’t good. It’s great. Good Theater equals good news for southern Maine stage aficionados…A raucously funny production of Charley’s Aunt is the first offering of the first full season of Good Theater, Portland’s newest professional (non-Equity) thespian troupe…Charley’s Aunt is simply superb in every detail, from casting to costuming. It’s impossible to pick out anyone from the 10-member cast for extra praise because they’re all so evenly matched and function like a smoothly oiled machine.”
Scott Andrews - The Forecaster
“One hundred and ten years after he wrote it, Brandon Thomas’ farce, Charley’s Aunt is still laugh-out-loud funny. And the sparkling gem crafted by Good Theater is the perfect production to best enjoy it. If this season opener is an example of the quality we can expect from Good Theater, then theater audiences now have another theater on par with the two Equity houses in the state…Allen’s direction is crisp and detailed; the cast is delightfully comic with lots of delicious stage business; and the technical and design aspects are top notch.”
Mary Snell -Portland Press Herald
Cast: Timothy Bate, Susan Beem, Kelly Caufield, Ian Gleason, Mariah Machado, Bob McCormack, Lee K. Paige, Seth Rigoletti, William Sandstead, Stephen Underwood
Directed by Brian P. Allen
Set Design Janet Montgomery
Set Construction Stephen Underwood, Craig Robinson, Steve Bouchard
Lighting Design Eric Hager
Associate Lighting Designer Nicole Sirois
Costumes Lin White
Production Associate Joan McMahon
Stage Manager Steve Bouchard
* Member Actors' Equity Association