Tuesday, July 14, 2009

On The Guthrie Stage

J. B. Priestly's play, "When We Are Married", opened last Friday at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre here in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Set in 1908, it focuses on three married couples who were all wed on the same day by the same priest some time back, and they have gathered again years later to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversaries. To their shock, however, they learn that the man who married them may not have been qualified to do so--meaning they may not be married and have been living in sin all this time. The play centers around how each of the couples react to the news.

The local paper, the StarTribune, published a photo from the play in the paper last Friday. Here's a link to the photo:


According to the caption printed in the paper, the photo depicts Lottie Grady (played by actress Sally Wingert) taking "exception to a spanking" by Joseph Helliwell (played by Dennis Creaghan). The photo focuses on her reaction, so we'll have to take their word for it. No spanking is actually being shown in the photo.

The media tend to bandy the word "spanking" around very loosely. It can refer to anything from a pat on the butt to one whack to what we might actually call a spanking. So, I'm not getting too excited about the caption until I know exactly what sort of a "spanking" they're talking about.

Let's see.....when's the last time I went to a play at the Guthrie?


Radha said...

Have you been to the new one yet, Dr. Ken?

Dr. Ken said...

Radha--I met a friend there for dinner at the Cue restaurant shortly after it opened. Afterward, we wandered through the theater and the lobby looking things over. I have a certain fondness for the old Guthrie building, but this new one certainly is impressive. I especially like the scenes of past productions that are on the walls--very light, almost ghostly images.
I haven't seen a play there yet, however. "When We Are Married" may be a good excuse to go.... :-)

Smilee said...

Dr. Ken

Attended this play last Saturday, No mentions of spanking and none occurred during the play. Never the less it was well worth the money, great comedy in my opinion. See you in Chicago