November 13 - December 12, 2009
Note: Paula Plum will be leaving Reckless after the Sunday 12/6 3pm matinee. Maureen Keiller will step in to perform her roles for the final week of the run, from Tuesday 12/8 thru Saturday 12/12.
From playwright Craig Lucas (The Light in the Piazza) comes this darkly comic tale of a modern-day Alice in a perilous winter wonderland. When Rachel is forced to flee her home on Christmas Eve, she embarks on a series of comic misadventures that test her belief that it is indeed a wonderful life. Scott Edmiston directs an all-star Boston cast that includes Barlow Adamson, Marianna Bassham, Larry Coen, Kerry A. Dowling, Sandra Heffley, Will McGarrahan, Karl Baker Olson and Paula Plum.
Event Name: Reckless
Article: Dodging Death
The Boston Phoenix - Nov 19, 2009
By Carolyn Clay
Even the sweetest life can shatter in an instant, sending you through the looking glass like Alice. For the euphoric heroine of Craig Lucas's 1988...
Even the sweetest life can shatter in an instant, sending you through the looking glass like Alice. For the euphoric heroine of Craig Lucas's 1988 fable of holiday festivity and arbitrary mayhem, Reckless (being revived by SpeakEasy Stage Company at the Calderwood Pavilion through December 12), the moment of reckoning comes when her husband tearfully confesses, on Christmas Eve, that he has taken out a contract on her life. "Although I love you, you will have to leap;/Our dream of safety has to disappear," reads the quote from Auden on the frontispiece of the printed play. And leap Rachel must — in Scott Edmiston's affecting and extravagant production from gauzy-white-bedroom window into a red-and-green-trimmed, topsy-turvy Oz defined by upside-down Christmas trees, a twinkling galaxy of ornaments, and a soundtrack that includes "Mambo Santa Mambo" and "White Christmas" twanged on banjo.
Event Name: Reckless
Article: SpeakEasy’s new play is beautifully ‘Reckless’
The Tufts Daily - Nov 19, 2009
By Michelle Beehler
True to its name, the SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of “Reckless” is just that. Director Scott Edmiston’s interpretation is reckless...
True to its name, the SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of “Reckless” is just that. Director Scott Edmiston’s interpretation is reckless in its spirit, script and style, exemplifying the show’s invocation to take risks despite the potential repercussions. The show’s morals and life lessons are not purely inspirational. “Reckless” writer Craig Lucas (writer of “Prelude to a Kiss,” 1990) created a quirky, tragic and incredibly honest script that culminates in a surprising climax for a Christmas-centered play.