ACT­ING OUT David Crowe dishes on ‘Charley’s Aunt,’ his lat­est the­atri­cal pur­suit

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It de­buted al­most 125 years ago, yet it still gets pro­duced at the­aters around the world. The farce, “Charley’s Aunt,” writ­ten by Bran­don Thomas, opens this week at Ge­or­gia Ensem­ble The­atre. In it, a pair of Ox­ford friends pursue two women and— through a com­edy of er­rors—one (played by Hugh Adams) even­tu­ally has to don a skirt, bloomers and a wig and pre­tend to be a wealthy rel­a­tive from Brazil. It’s di­rected by out artist David Crowe, who has turned into one of the busiest and most de­pend­able direc­tors work­ing th­ese days. We caught up with Crowe just be­fore the show opened.

Ge­or­gia Voice: How did this gig come up?

It’s one of those plays, it has a rep­u­ta­tion. It’s been around for­ever. Ev­ery com­mu­nity theater has done it and ev­ery col­lege has done it. It’s a chest­nut ev­ery­one has heard of. I read it and I loved it. It’s a really in­ter­est­ing, funny play. I can­not be­lieve it was writ­ten in (the 1890s). I was in a pro­duc­tion of it when I was young but I re­mem­ber noth­ing about it. I was high school age.

You have some heavy­weights in the cast—Joanna Daniel, Joe Sykes, Rachel Garner and Hugh Adams.

Joe Sykes and Rachel Garner (above), and Hugh Adams (be­low). (Photo by GMooney.com)

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