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Posted at 5:56 PM ET, 03/15/2006

Support 'Marriage'

By Erin

Rather than beginning your Saturday night at the U Street bars this weekend, start off on a riotous, and perhaps activist, note just down the road at "Boston Marriage," which is playing at the Source Theatre through April 2. This merry show, produced by the Actors' Theater of Washington, follows Anna (a supreme Kate Eastwood Norris) and her former lover Claire (Jenifer Deal) as they try to sustain their livelihood -- provided by Anna's male protector -- without interruptions from their clueless maid. The show flourishes under the hysterical repartee, double entendres and rapid-fire exchanges between the two former lovers, but it is heightened by the maid's regular interjections.

This dynamic performance is likely the last at the 140-seat Source Theatre, which has produced five Equity plays a season in addition to hosting the Washington Theatre Festival. The board is under contract to sell the space to the company behind Bedrock Billiards, and proceeds from the sale are to pay off the theater's debts and establish a special arts fund. The Bedrock Company plans to convert the space to the Standard Bar & Grill. While the Bedrock Company will no doubt create a quality destination, those in support of the theater argue that the sale will leave several local theater and improv troupes without a performance space. Those in support of the theater are urging people to write to Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), and to sign their petition. Jeffrey Johnson, director of "Boston Marriage," and other people involved with the deal say that Bedrock Billiards has agreed to back out of the contract if the theater board does.

So change up the weekend routine, see some phenomenal theater and decide for yourself if you want to support its future. "Boston Marriage" runs for 1 hour and 50 minutes, so there's plenty of time after the show lets out to go for drinks up the street.

--Erin

By Erin  | March 15, 2006; 5:56 PM ET
Categories:  Theater  
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