Arena Players 2017: Simon, Albee and LaBute

Main Stage season opens March 10; Children’s Theater begins March 4

The Arena Players Repertory Theater will begin its 2017 Main Stage season with a Neil Simon comedy, Jake’s Women, which opens Friday, March 10, at 8:00 p.m. in the Carriage House Theater at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, N.Y.

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Jakes’s Women
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Tickets for Friday and Sunday shows are $20, and $18 for seniors (60 and older). Saturday tickets are $25 (no senior discount). For more information and to purchase tickets, call 516-293-0674 or 516-557-1207. Visit arenaplayers.org

The Arena Players Children’s Theater opens its new season on Sunday, March 11, at 1:00 p.m. with The Tale of the Frog Prince, also in the Carriage House Theater. See details below.

To purchase Children’s Theater tickets, please call Arena Players at 516-293-0674. Tickets: Adults $10, children $8. Children under 3 are free. The theater is fully accessible to those with limited mobility.

Jake’s Women by Neil Simon

Friday-Saturday, March 10-11 and 17-18, at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 12 and 19, at 3:00 p.m.

Neil Simon, America’s premier comic playwright, makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships.

Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from the actual women. These women include Jake’s revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving Jake for another man, and a prospective third wife.

The Goat or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee

Friday and Saturday, April 14-15 and 21-22, at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 23, at 3:00 p.m.

Martin is a 50-year old, award-winning architect chosen to design a $27-billion dream city in the American Midwest. He and his wife Stevie and their 17-year-old son live in their art-filled uptown apartment. They’re at the top of the heap. But when Martin confides to his best friend that he is in love with Sylvia, he sets in motion events that threaten to destroy his family and career, and leave his life in tatters. So who is Sylvia?

This Oedipus Rex for the modern world is from the legendary author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? is a provocative and startling black comedy that questions the boundaries of love and the limits of desire.

Fat Pig by Neil LaBute

Friday-Saturday, May 12-13 and 19-20, at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 14 and 21, at 3:00 p.m.

Fat Pig centers on Tom, a typical young professional who becomes involved in a relationship with a plus-sized librarian, Helen. Tom is conflicted with the realization that his work associate, Carter, is highly insulting about the relationship due to Helen’s weight and appearance. The play follows the journey of their relationship through a poignant, and eye-opening production that hits on the topics of outside influence on a person’s every decision. Fat Pig premiered off-Broadway in 2004. Hailed as a provocative comedy that makes the audience think, the play received the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play.

Arena Players Children’s Theater 2017

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Little Red Revisited
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The Tale of the Frog Prince

Saturday, March 11 and 18, at 1:00 p.m.

Our Frog Prince is lonely, bored and unhappy as a frog. He secretly yearns to be the human he once was, before an evil witch cast a spell on him. The only way to break the spell is to be kissed by a lovely maiden. But who wants to kiss a larger-than-life frog that eats flies? Watch how our beloved frog finally gets the kiss of his dreams in this delightful and charming children’s play.

Little Red Revisited

Saturday, April 1, 8 and 22, at 1:00 p.m.

Come hear the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the way the animals of the forest tell it. Here we meet Little Red – but she’s not just a little girl. She’s a little girl wolf! And she and her Mama Wolf and Grandma Wolf are being hunted by some over-anxious hunters. See how Little Red and her family outsmart the humans in this animal-friendly audience-participation play.

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