The Lyric Performing Arts Company will offer its third shot of summer entertainment, starting Thursday, with its production of “Laundry and Bourbon” by Texas playwright James McLure.
“This is just one of those delightful slice-of-life, small town Texas plays that is wonderfully funny — but rings true to life in so many ways,” said Nancy Jo Humfeld, who plays the part of Hattie, one of the play’s three characters.
The two other cast members are Charlotte Tucker, who plays Elizabeth, and Jill Evans, in the part of Amy Lee.
According to an on-line review, “The essence of the play concerns three small-town Texas women, their ambitions, resignation to their lot and the acceptance of their marriages.”
Set on Elizabeth’s back porch in fictional Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer afternoon, “Laundry and Bourbon” begins with Elizabeth and her lifelong friend Hattie folding laundry, sipping bourbon and Coke and talking about kids and husbands and how “nothin’s changed in Maynard since the Civil War.”
But then, the self-righteous Amy Lee, their other friend since before high school, makes a point to stop and visit and deliver the news that Elizabeth’s husband Roy (the high school football star, returned “shot up and changed” from Vietnam, who’s not come home for two days) has been seen around town with another woman.
While Elizabeth struggles with such a “gut punch” reality, the ensuing conversation ratchets up a notch with understandably bitter humor. The triumph comes, however, in how Elizabeth’s inner strength emerges and she comes to an acceptance and understanding of the turmoil which has beset her husband since his return from war.
“Laundry and Bourbon” will have a five performance run at the Howard Payne University Theatre. It opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and will feature two other evening performances, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The two matinee performances will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are $10 each and can be reserved by calling 649-8516, or through the LPAC’s web site, www.brownwoodlyrictheatre.com . All proceeds go to benefit the LPAC, which is involved in a $1.5 million “Raise the Curtain!” campaign to secure and restore the Lyric Theatre in downtown Brownwood.
Built in 1914, the Lyric was originally a performing arts vaudeville complex, and later was a motion picture theater.
Restored, with its grand historic decor in tack, the performing arts center, will feature “comfortable” seating for approximately 300 patrons, new ADA compliant restrooms with handicap accessibility throughout the building, a state-of-the-art sound system, new stage and theatrical lighting and a films projection system and screen.