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