In Terence Rattigan’s play “SeparateTables”, we witness two passionate individuals in Act One, who are desperately in love with each other, and at the same time have a volatile reaction to each other’s personal needs, hence leading to their own alienation from each other and the world.
In Act Two, we have a lonely timid spinster afraid of living and a retired military Major, with a sordid past.
Mix all these with a background of several other disparate and lonely characters, and you have an incredible drama, laced with humor and pithy remarks.
Led by the talented Yelena Segal and Dan Vanek in two principal roles, the cast includes some of the most distinguished actors in Sonoma County. Some regulars with Curtain Call Theatre like Bill Young, Kiel Hemenway, Gretchen Belgrave, Jake Hamlin, Michelle Randall, and Mary Lou Sefton return to perfect new personalities for the stage. They are joined by newcomers Kathy Rogers, Erica Jordan, Carla Swartz, and Chris Auzston.
Boasting fine sets designed by Jake Hamlin and Michael Tabib, who is also directing, the setting is positively England 1955 and has the allure of shabby elegance required for this particular play.
“Separate Tables” is divided into two full length plays: “Table by the Window” to be viewed this time; and “Table Number Seven” also in two acts. They are both presented the same evening. Both deal with the alienation and reconciliation, love, rejection, and acceptance, and the need to connect with other members of the human race, no matter how late one thinks it is in one’s life.
“Separate Tables” will have ten performances: March 21 through April 11, 2015.
Curtain Call Theatre at the Russian River is located at Russian River Hall, 20347 Highway 116, Monte Rio, Ca. 95462. Reservations: 707-524-8739
A Play by Ted Tiller
October 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27*, 28.
*( Gala Halloween Costume Fundraising performance, fully tax-deductible donation $35).