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From Stage Three Theater 2003:
"Hard to imagine a more delightful surprise than 'Flights of Fancy'" -Modesto Bee
"'Flights of Fancy' a real winner." -Union Democrat
Stage 3 Theatre Company in Sonora has a national reputation for finding the freshest and brightest new plays. Its latest offering, Flights of Fancy, is a dazzling display of comic virtuosity by a rising new star of American Theatre, playwright Suzanne Wingrove - two-time winner of Stage 3's prestigious Festival of New Plays.
Wingrove's zany situations, wacky characters and brilliant dialogue recall the great screwball comedies of yesteryear but updated with a modern twist. "We are very excited about this production." says Stage 3 Artistic Director Don Bilotti. "I don't think I've ever heard an audience laugh so hard and so long as the one who saw "Flights of Fancy" at our Festival of New Plays last summer. We couldn't wait to give this terrific new comedy the full treatment."
"Flights of Fancy" revolves around Jeffrey Chambers, a middle age would-be Hemingway who makes his living writing romance novels under the pen name of Dominique Desiree. When his inspiration dries up, he is assigned a collaborator, an ardent young feminist who just happens to be the boss' daughter. Sparks fly as these two polar opposites try to turn out something that resembles a book to meet the ever-approaching deadline.
"The two will loathe each other, only to fall in love, right? Wingrove is an award-winning playwright and it becomes clear that she is well-aware of what I will expect from this setup -- she turns it all around on me to delightful surprise." -Modesto Bee
The characters in the novel come to life before our eyes and morph their way through a side-splitting progression of scenes and character twists as the two creators battle it out. Imagine a rugged cowboy that morphs into a dapper English gentleman or a gay chorus-line dancer and you get an idea of the kind of laughs the play creates. The complications pile one on top of the other until this critical mass reaches comic meltdown. Only one thing is certain, love is sure to blossom – but where? And in what combinations? We never know until the very end.
"There are too many scene stealers in this play. Which is good if you're there to enjoy the play -- but it's tough when you're assigned to review it and only have so much room to rave." -Modesto Bee
The current production by The East Haddam Stage Company is directed by Casey Carle who was "blown away" by a stage reading at The Eugene O'Neill Local Playwright's Festival in 2001 and has wanted to either act in or direct the play ever since. "Directing gives me a chance to take part in every aspect of this well-crafted work. I wouldn't want to miss a minute of the process.", Carle adds.
Carle knew "Flights of Fancy" would demand skilled comic performers and "got lucky" when so many top-notch actors came out to audition. Novelist Chambers is portrayed by Ira Sakolsky (East Haddam), a first-rate actor and Artistic Director of Comedy On Demand, a popular improvisation troupe. His creative nemesis is played by Amy Kirby (New London) whose natural talents for comedy have been enjoyed on many stages across Connecticut. The hilarious fictional creations are portrayed by Mary Zuzik (Groton), Hannah Simms (Hartford) and Andrew Kirby (New London). Chester's David Cardone plays the gruff but loveable publisher.
Playwright Wingrove is a native of Seattle who now makes her home in Connecticut. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the next ten years were, as she puts it, "an endless kaleidoscope of childbirth, school lunches and PTA meetings." Since returning to the theatrical work force she has authored six plays. As an actress she has won the Eugene O'Neill Award.