‘Wonder of the World’ at Lincoln Theater
Lincoln County Community Theater (LCCT), the resident theater company of Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater, takes to the stage the evening of Friday, Nov. 17 with a new production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s hilarious adult comedy, “Wonder of the World.”
In “Wonder of the World,” Lindsay-Abaire's focal heroine is Cass (Nanette Fraser), who decides that her marriage to Kip (Stephen Wallace) has not developed into the perfect picture she'd expected. So, armed with a yard-long list of goals that she hopes to reach, Cass leaves for Niagara Falls — which locale, of course, symbolizes marital promise. On the way to her new life, she meets Lois Coleman (Jennifer True), an alcoholic intent on barreling over the falls to spite her estranged husband. Temporarily distracting Lois from her proposed demise, Cass also encounters a series of zany townspeople (Suzanne Rankin) and befriends Captain Mike (Will Fraser), who pilots the famous Maid of the Mist tour boat and more than reciprocates her friendship. While she and the Captain are becoming better acquainted, Cass is clumsily pursued by Karla (Lee Page) and Glen (Gordon Adams), a pair of married detectives whom Kip has hired to find her.
The original reviews of the play are comically consistent. “Hefty laughter. David Lindsay-Abaire's ‘Wonder of the World’ is exceedingly whimsical and playfully wicked. Winning and genial.” — N.Y. Times. “Full frontal lunacy is on display. A most assuredly fresh and hilarious tragicomedy of marital discord run amok. Lindsay-Abaire's flair for the absurd combines nicely with an ability to pull laughs out of any situation. Absolutely hysterical.” — Variety. “People in psychic pain have never agonized so hilariously as in David Lindsay-Abaire's revved-up, joyously zany play.” — Washington Post. “‘Wonder of the World’ is a hilarious confection. Lindsay-Abaire further establishes himself here as a writer with a terrific gift for absurdist humor, leavened with just enough doses of seriousness to provide emotional resonance.” — Hollywood Reporter. “Wild and crazy. David Lindsay-Abaire delights in the demented.” — Associated Press.
Performances are Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee show on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15, $13 for Lincoln Theater members and are available through the theater office at 2 Theater Street in Damariscotta, Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., by phone at 563-3424, or at the box office starting one hour before the performances. Additional information can be found on the theater’s website, lcct.org.