Hyde Park Players show opens

Staff Writer

The Hyde Park Community Players will open “Desire, Desire, Desire” this weekend, their first major production of the season.
“Desire Desire Desire” features three parodies of venerated plays.

“It’s like Shakespeare — if you do the right thing with it, anyone can get it,” director Corinna Christman said.
The first act, “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,” is a parody of “The Glass Menagerie,” by Tennessee Williams. In this act, when the son, Lawrence, is being prepared to meet a lady who is coming to call on him, she turns out to be unsuitable in several ways.

The second act “Desire, Desire, Desire” is based on “A Streetcar Named Desire.” In this act, Stanley and Blanche wait six years for Stella’s return and in the meantime interact with characters from “The Iceman Cometh” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and entertain the census taker.

The last act, “The Last Mama-on-the-Couch,” is a parody of “A Raisin in the Sun.” In the act things go fatally wrong and to rectify the situation it quickly becomes an all-Black musical.

“The Last Mama-on-the-Couch” is HPCP’s first foray into musical theater, even if at only half-an-hour in length.

The role of Mama is played by Rosalind Battle, who Christman said has never acted before but has a strong voice for gospel.

Featuring puns, slapstick comedy and jokes about Samuel Beckett, these short plays should appeal to a wide variety of Hyde Park theatergoers and others. There is some strong language and small children are not encouraged to come, Christman said.

“Desire, Desire, Desire” will be shown at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., Nov. 9-11 and Nov. 16-18. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows are at 3 p.m.

Tickets cost $12 for adults at the door, or $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased in advance at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., What the Traveler Saw, 1508 E. 55th St. in the Hyde Park Shopping Center, or at hydeparkcommunityplayers.org for $10.