Same Time, Next Year
by Bernard Slade
April 13 - May 5, Fridays and Saturdays
Silver Spur Theatre, 108 Royal Street, Salado (click for map)
General admission $18 with $15 discount tickets for seniors, military and students. Group rates are available.
For reservations, call the box office at 254-947-3456. For directions or more info: www.saladosilverspur.com.
The Silver Spur Theater box office is open and buzzing for its first production, the award-winning “Same Time, Next Year.
Playwright Bernard Slade’s witty, nostalgic and romantic comedy opens at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 13, and runs weekends through May 5.
Guest Director KD Sperling of Round Rock has cast Steve Smith of Temple and Kathryn Tait of Round Rock as “George” and “Doris,” whose love affair includes an annual weekend rendezvous at a California inn for 25 years, despite their being loyal to their families the rest of the time.
Changing manners, morals and attitudes, from 1951 through the mid-1970s are mirrored in the dialogue and costumes, and helped make this 1975 play one of the most popular romantic comedies of the century,
Tony Blackman, the Silver Spur’s long-time Technical Director, is handling set design, lighting and the vintage costumes.
Same Time…’ ran for four years on Broadway, was a successful motion picture and remains one of the most widely produced plays in theater history,” said Sperling,” who previously directed “Bell, Book and Candle” at the Silver Spur and appeared in leading roles “Steel Magnolias,” “Counter Girls” and “Nunsense.
The show’s six hysterically funny scenes, each five years apart, have special effects to capture the prevailing mood of America in each period,” Sperling noted.
The show will run at 108 Royal St. in historic Downtown Salado at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, April 13 – May 5. (No matinees.) Admissions are $18 with $15 discount tickets for seniors, military and students. Group rates are available.
For reservations, call the box office at 254-947-3456. For directions or more info: www.saladosilverspur.com. Wine, beer, cider and expanded food choices will be available at the evening shows through The Spuradical Social Club in the lobby. (http://www.spuradicalsocialclub.net/ )
Plot, Characters, Cast
The couple meets at an inn in 1951, agreeing to meet once a year despite the fact both are married and have six children between them. They develop an emotional intimacy deeper than two people simply meeting for a clandestine, annual tryst.
George begins as an uptight, neurotic New Jersey accountant who becomes stuffy and rich, gives it all up when he goes into analysis, and then joins encounter groups and becomes a latter-day hippie before returning to establishment ways.
Meanwhile, Doris matures from an awkward Oakland, CA girl into a restless housewife, a college returnee, an over-age flower child, a career woman and finally a settled matron. Their transitions never synchronize, making for hilarious contrasts.
Smith (George) returns to the Silver Spur after previously appearing as Victor Velsaco in “Barefoot in the Park” and Jack Jones in the March premiere of “Oh Grace!” He has regularly appeared in Temple Civic Theater productions, including “The Little Foxes” and “South Pacific.
Tait (Doris), who first graced the stage at age four, convinced her fifth grade classmates to write, produce and star in their own play for the entire elementary school. Over the years, she’s been involved in shows from comedies to burlesque to Shakespeare on stages of all sizes, but is making her debut at the Spur.
Director Sperling studied theater at The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in California, where she learned the finer points of acting, singing, dancing, stage combat and more. She enjoys writing, sword work, teaching children acting basics at the Silver Spur Arts Academy and gardening.
I believe the touchstone of this play is not infidelity, but rather intimacy and how the births, deaths, occupations and marital problems force individuals – and couples – to continuously adapt themselves to the social changes affecting their lives,” Sperling emphasized.
About the Silver Spur Theater: The eight-year-old, professional playhouse is located in the historic Guest and Sanford Granary & Feed Co., renovated into a first class Salado venue, a few blocks from the IH-35 Corridor. The Spur delights in reviving a bygone era of family entertainment, offering its trademark blend of live vaudeville acts, live music, plays and classic cinema. Weddings, reunions, business conferences, concerts, field trips, dances, even customized private shows are held there, with catering available from the Stagecoach Inn and nearby restaurants.