‘Becky’s New Car’ performances

April 6, 2011 by Anonymous

An evening filled with hearty and repeated laughter is in store as Northland Pioneer College’s Performing Arts Department presents dinner theatre and show-only performances of Steven Dietz’s Becky’s New Car.

Advanced tickets and dinner reservations are now available at the Performing Arts Center Box Office on the Snowflake/Taylor – Silver Creek Campus, 536-6250, or online at www.npc.edu/tickets. The curtain rises on show-only performances at 7:30 p.m. on April 21, 22, 23 and 28. General admission is $5 in advance or $7 on the day of the performance. Senior citizens, 60+ as of Jan. 1, and NPC students and staff qualify for a $1 discount on show-only admission. Dinner theatre reservations are $20 per person, with dinner service beginning at 6 p.m. on April 29 and 30.

scene from Becky's New Car

Critics praise Dietz’s unpredictable witty dialogue and scenes with tremendous comic potential. In Becky’s New Car he quickly engages the audience into the story. The play begins with Becky (Snowflake’s Kathleen Brown) chatting directly with the audience, seeking their assistance and opinions on several major personal decisions.

After all, Becky leads a rather drab, predictable life with Joe (Winslow’s Josh Heath), her nice-guy husband of 28 years, and their son Chris (Lakeside’s Jeffrey Fink), who’s back home while studying psychology and spouting psychobabble about those around him. Becky works as a sales manager at a car dealership with neurotic salesman Steve (in photo above, Show Low’s Randy Rice), who is still self-absorbed after his wife’s accidental death. Phones play a big role in the lives of Becky and the others, and Dietz weaves calls, conversations and cell phone moments throughout his comic tale.

One evening, things change for Becky when eccentric millionaire Walter Flood (Snowflake’s Alex Brown) wanders in to buy nine cars for his employees. He is smitten with Becky, whom he misunderstands to be widowed, and she can’t quite bring herself to tell him the truth. She embarks on a double-life that provides plenty of humor as she navigates back and forth — figuratively crossing a double- yellow line — between the competing roads of her life.

Rounding out the NPC cast will be Holbrook’s Elinor Henderson (Kenni), and Show Low’s Erika Garcia (Ginger). Sean Grant of Show Low is the Stage Manager. Dr. Michael Solomonson is directing the production, which is produced through special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service.

For more information, call the PAC Box Office, 536-6250.