by Somerset Maugham
- Weekly on Saturday
- Starting on: 04/28/2012
- Ending on: 05/26/2012
W. Somerset Maugham’s most popular comedy, “The Circle,” will open at Groves Cabin Theatre in Morongo Valley on Saturday, April 28; it will be performed Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through Sunday, May 27.
“The Circle,” a wise and witty satire concerning marriage, infidelity and the battle between passion and practicality, was first produced in 1921. The play, which brilliantly captures the poise and posture of high society in the 1920s, was named in 1998 as among the 100 most significant plays of the 20th century in a National Theatre poll. "The Circle" is full of the dry wit and grace that typifies light British comedy at its very best.
Within “The Circle” the geometry of the heart is mapped out as two love triangles intersect with hilarious results. Thirty years before, the vivacious Lady Kitty abandoned her politician husband, Lord Cheney, and her young son, Arnold, for a scandalous life with her husband's best friend, Lord Porteous. Now, at the invitation of Arnold and his wife, Elizabeth, the sinning couple returns to confront the family she long ago abandoned, and a new scandal unfolds when a charming houseguest threatens to take Arnold's own wife, Elizabeth, from him.
Will the new couple be influenced by Kitty's wicked example? Will Elizabeth go through with it? Will Lady Kitty chuck it all and return to her long lost husband? Will practicality trump passion once and for all? And what is wrong with Lord Porteous' teeth?
A Groves favorite, talented Wendy Cohen, directs “The Circle” Her capable cast features Anja Homburg as Lady Shenstone, Marty Neider as Lady Kitty, Kurt Schauppner as Lord Cheney, Philip Spinelli as Lord Porteous, Karl Weimer as Arnold Cheney, Susan Brundage as Elizabeth, and Nathaniel Lynn as Teddy Luton.
Groves Cabin Theatre has won many Desert Theatre League awards for its high quality productions. The tiny 22-seat theater offers one of the most intimate theatrical experiences in the world—that experience having been described as being, “like being a fly on the wall, witnessing real live happening before my eyes.” The limited seating means early reservations are a must.
“The Circle” plays Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. from Saturday, April 28, through Sunday, May 27. Groves Cabin Theatre is located at 8768 Desert Willow Trail in Morongo Valley north of Highway 62 (look for the large red, white, and blue stone on the north side of the highway). Tickets for all seats: $10. For additional information and reservations call: 760-365-4523; www.grovescabintheatre.org.