Theatre: A Bad Year for Tomatoes @ Studio Theatre
The Studio Theatre is kicking off 2009 with John Patrick’s hilarious comedy, A Bad Year for Tomatoes. The play revolves around the famous movie-star Myra Marlow as she escapes from Hollywood to the small town of Beaver Haven. Her rest and relaxation come to an abrupt halt when her nosey neighbors come to call. But the inventive and imaginative Myra devises a sneaky plan that will surely keep her neighbors and the audience on the edge of their seats for the entire show. Performances will be at 8 p.m. and run from January 15 – 17 and January 22 – 24.
Director Kate Brandon describes A Bad Year for Tomatoes as an “entertaining story” that will “delight audiences.” The play reflects the festive atmosphere surrounding New Year’s Day. Along with the festivities, the New Year is a time for promises and resolutions, some of which involve exercising, quitting smoking, eating better and getting out of debt. These commitments have one thing in common: they are all about improving one’s life. According to Men’s Health magazine, in 2004 about 45% of Americans made New Year’s Resolutions, but only 20% actually kept them. A Bad Year for Tomatoes demonstrates the desire to change one’s life and the willpower it takes to make the change.
After being in show business all her life, Myra is tired of pretending to be somebody else. She has given up her fake Hollywood life and is searching for the simple pleasures of gardening and recording her life story. Myra sets in motion her declaration and discards her old costumes, begins to grow tomatoes and starts her autobiography, while living in her humble, modest home. It’s a resolution similar to the ones made every New Year. People all over want to re-invent themselves, give back to nature and reject materialism, but how long are these declarations truly kept? Will Myra be able to change her way of life or will her nosey neighbors interfere? Will this be a bad year for tomatoes? Come to the play and find out!
Where: Studio Theatre (downstairs from the Hilberry Theatre), Detroit