The House of Yes by Wendy MacLeod opens at the Laboratory Theater of Florida on August 2, and if you think your family’s Thanksgiving has drama, then you really need to check out this dark comedy.
The play tells the story of a seemingly normal young man who decides to take his fiancé home to meet his family for the first time. As Marty Pascal and his fiance Lesly arrive home for Thanksgiving, both literal and figurative hurricanes loom. Waiting for the couple is Marty’s twin sister, Jackie-O. Fresh out of a psychiatric hospital, Jackie-O is not only obsessed with the Kennedy family, she is intent on rekindling her incestuous relationship with Marty. To make matters worse, Marty’s mom and little brother Anthony are prepared to run interference for Jackie-O and heighten the raging storm.
The play has received strong critical acclaim. The San Francisco Chronicle noted the witty family politics and menacing political allegory, and commended the playwright’s grip on the art of conversation. “…MacLeod writes funny, frightening dialogue, and she touches the nerve of our cozy, vicarious involvement with acts of public violence.”
Nykkie Rizley (a founding member of the Lab Theater) is set to direct the play. She describes the show as quick-witted, spunky, dark, chic, and disturbing. “The show is dripping wet with dry humor. This show is about love, family, politics (both in the home and within the government), violence, and protecting our children in a way that more than flirts with enabling. “Yes” questions our roles in society – the place we come from – how we view ourselves – which one is correct? – does it really matter?”
This production stars a quintet of Lab Theater stage veterans. Nancy Antonio plays the family matriarch, Kathleen Taylor is Jackie-O, Todd Fleck is twin brother Marty, Adam Kazmarz plays little brother Anthony, and Tera Nicole Miller plays Lesly.
“The House of Yes” is onstage at The Laboratory Theater, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., August 2-24. Tickets are between $12 and $22 and are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/391340 or call 239-218-0481.
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Laboratory Theater of Florida is dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts through live performances, education, community outreach, experimentation and the development of ensemble work. The company features ensemble productions, produces classic works, takes artistic risks and features and challenges local performers of various skill levels. Stay up to date with its news and events on Facebook and Twitter @LabTheaterFL.
For more information, call 239-218-0481. The theater is located at 1634 Woodford Ave. Fort Myers, 33901.