The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre presents the closing mainstage production of its 2012-2013 season with a three-weekend performance of The Perfect Party by A.R. Gurney. Gurney’s work, as demonstrated in such plays as The Dining Room, Love Letters and Sylvia, tends to gently humorous satires on the life and manners of upwardly mobile and respectability-seeking Americans. Jerry Rose, who has directed all three of these Gurney plays (and acted in Love Letters), brings to Gainesville a hilarious story of a college English teacher, obsessed with “perfection” to throw a “perfect party” whose democratic sweep will capture all walks of American life in a grand gesture of social unity. Another perfection seeker, an entertainment editor of a New York City newspaper, comes to “review” the party for her paper, and the madcap action ensues as the party-giver strains to give her enough “danger” in the event that she will write that perfect review of a perfect party. The play features performances by talented local actors: Chuck Lipsig, Cris Palacio, Tiffany Jakowczuk, Rachel Wayne, Malcolm Sanford and Sally Kimberly.
The play runs Friday and Saturday nights at 8, Sundays at 2 from June 14 through June 30, 2013. Tickets are $12 regular, $10 for students, seniors, educators and military–and may be purchased at the door or at Sweet Dreams in Westgate Plaza. They may be reserved by calling 352-505-0868 at least 24 hours in advance or by picking them up the door with cash or check a half hour before a performance.
Because of some explicit language and adult situations in the play, it is not recommended for attendance by children.
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