John Patrick’s The Curious Savage is high comedy first staged in New York in 1950. The story unfolds after a sizable inheritance is left to a woman(Mrs. Savage) by her late husband. She plans to use this windfall to set up a fund for helping others. Her step-children, in an attempt to seize fortunes for themselves, have had the wealthy widow committed to a sanatorium. The Curious Savage opens as “The Cloisters”, residents of the Sanatorium await the arrival of their new resident.
Here’s more from ETC‘s press release:
“The community is invited to join Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga (ETC) for John Patrick’s The Curious Savage, November 2 – 18; Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Performances will take place in the St. Andrews Center, 1918 Union Avenue.”
“It has been refreshing to direct this show. I believe that a comedic play can have a message and make an impact on someone’s life,” says director Casey Keelen. “I think audiences will love this play because of the beautiful characters that Patrick created. The inhabitants and staff of “the cloisters” are charming, warm people, and they bring heart and direction to the play.”
“I’m excited to play Mrs. Savage because she did what I did — became an actress at an advanced age! There is a lot to explore with her and some contradictions to resolve,” says lead actress Robbye Lewis. “Here is this sweet, old lady with bright blue hair, smiling her angelic smile and being the most understanding friend in the world while simultaneously throwing darts at her step-daughter’s picture and plotting to have a chimney fall on her step-son. This lady is not one-dimensional. ‘The Curious Savage’ has so many quirky characters and zany situations, so many cliff-hanger moments, plot twists and all around fun while still having a message about accepting differences in others and “carpe diem”. It is just a good play!”
Tickets are $10 and are available at www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.comor by calling 423-987-5141. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. Free parking is available behind the St. Andrews Center.
ETC’s production of The Curious Savage is directed by Casey Keelen. Cast members include Maggie Bradshaw, John Thomas Cecil, Jim Chandler, Evie Durant, Christy Gallo, Patti Gross, Sanford Knox Jr, Ryan Laskowski, Robbye Lewis, Caren Manser and Joseph Tipton. The stage manager is Cody Keown.