It’s been a busy summer for the Lyric Performing Arts Company, and it’s not over yet. Beginning Thursday night, the group will offer its third production, “Laundry and Bourbon” by Texas playwright James McLure.
After the popular musical “Oklahoma!” and a series of programs for children, this week’s production is described as an insightful, although funny, character study of three women in a small Texas town who are coming to terms with their ambitions, their marriages and their reality.
The show will have a short run — just four days — with five performances at the Howard Payne University Theatre. Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The live entertainment the Lyric company is providing is a welcome addition to the summer calendar, but patrons should not lose sight of the project these presentations support. The company is moving forward with its $1.5 million restoration of the historic Lyric Theatre in downtown Brownwood, and proceeds from these performances are dedicated to that cause.
When the restoration is complete, the Lyric will become a focal point for artistic endeavors and an exciting addition to the growing mix of retailers, restaurants, offices, homes and tourist attractions downtown. Donations, of course, will help speed completion. In the meantime, buying a ticket and sitting in the audience is another way area residents can participate in this effort and enjoy some good theater at the same time.