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Zeitgeist Stage presents the New England premiere of ‘Private Fears in Public Places’


Cinematic in style, Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s Private Fears in Public Places seamlessly moves among the interconnected lives of six Londoners as they search for connections in a congested, cosmopolitan city of seven million. The story moves briskly between apartment-hunting, solitary boozing, dating agency disappointments, VCR porn viewing, and a sour, bedridden patient getting more than he expects from a care-giver.

Featuring 54 scenes – some of them wordless – in 100 minutes without an intermission, Private Fears is not a typical Ayckbourn comedy. The playwright’s best known works here in the US frequently feature heightened comic situations and farcical elements. Private Fears is a subtler piece resonating with both humor and humanity.

Ayckbourn is the most prolific English language playwright ever, with 70 full-length plays including Bedroom Farce, Woman in Mind, Communicating Doors, The Norman Conquests (2009 Tony® Award) and How the Other Half Loves. Not all of his plays make it to these shores, however Private Fears arrived in New York via the 2005 Brits Off Broadway Festival.

Zeitgeist Stage proudly presents the New England premiere of Private Fears with Artistic Director David J. Miller at the helm of the production, directing an ensemble that includes Robert Bonotto, Shelly Brown, Michael Steven Costello, Becca A. Lewis, Christine Power, and Bill Salem.

Private Fears in Public Places will be presented in the Plaza Black Box Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts from February 12 through March 6, 2010 with performances Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 4 & 8 PM, and Sundays at 4 PM. Tickets are $30, with discounted tickets for Seniors & Students at $20. Low priced previews are February 12 through February 14, with all tickets $20. The three Wednesday night performances – 2/17, 2/24 & 3/3 – are Pay-What-You-Can nights, $5 minimum. Tickets may be purchased from the Calderwood Pavilion box office at 527 Tremont Street or by calling 617-933-8600. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at BostonTheatreScene.com. The Boston Center for the Arts is located at 539 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End and is handicap accessible. For more information visit the company’s web site.

Compiled from the press release courtesy of Zeitgeist Stage (website | profile | tag archive).

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