BY LANFORD WILSON, FEB. 7 – MARCH 3, 2019
Talley’s Folly opens in a 1944 deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri, where Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible but uncertain daughter of the family. Bookish, erudite, totally honest, and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally’s rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. Charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses, telling his innermost secrets to his loved one and, in return, learning hers as well. Gradually it is clear that they are two kindred spirits who have truly found each other—two “lame ducks” who, in their union, will find a wholeness rare in human relationships.
JRT’s production of Talley’s Folly, winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award best play of the season, will be directed by Steve Vaughan and stars Chris J. Handley as Matt Friedman and Anne Roaldi Boucher as Sally Talley.
Brian Cavanagh is Lighting Designer, David Dwyer is Set Designer, Tom Makar is Sound Designer, Kari Drozd is Costume Designer, Christina Serio is Stage Manager, Mike Benoit, ASM and Property Manager, Kathryn Grace Sands and Emily Glick are House Managers and Linda Hanes is Box Office Manager.
The Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York is located at the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre in the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville, NY. This season’s original artwork is created by artist Eta Rottenberg. For more information on JRT productions, dates and tickets, visit www.jewishrepertorytheatre.com. Tickets are available at 716-650-7626, through Showclix at 1-888-718-4253 (Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm EST) or at either JCC reception desk.