The View From The ‘Porch’

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - WHAT'S UP - — LARA HIGHTOWER LHIGHTOWER@NWADG.COM

When the No­madic Theatre Col­lec­tive presents its pro­duc­tion of Jef­frey Sweet’s play “Porch,” it will be, quite fit­tingly, per­formed on an ac­tual porch.

“I’ve loved this play for a long time, and I have al­ways wanted to do it set on a porch in an ac­tual neigh­bor­hood,” says di­rec­tor Ja­cob Chris­tiansen, who di­rected “Bare­foot in the Park” at the Arts Cen­ter of the Ozarks last Novem­ber. “It’s an hour in the life of these char­ac­ters as they hang out on their front porch.”

Sweet’s drama tells the story of a big-city girl re­turn­ing to her small­town roots and the fa­mil­ial and ro­man­tic en­tan­gle­ments that she left be­hind.

“It’s a re­ally com­pli­cated, messy play about the past and how it comes back at us,” says Chris­tiansen. “There’s a kind of painful beauty to what goes on be­tween the char­ac­ters. It’s ten­derly writ­ten, and the ac­tors in this pro­duc­tion are do­ing such a good job. These are just earnest people, liv­ing their lives the best way they can.”

The pro­duc­tion runs to­day and Satur­day at 7:30 p.m. at 305 N. Wash­ing­ton Ave. in Fayet­teville. Chris­tiansen sug­gests pa­trons bring lawn chairs or blan­kets to sit on. Ad­mis­sion is free, but do­na­tions will be taken at the end of the play.

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