These witty and poignant tales penned by Jeffrey Hatcher explore in surprising and sensitive ways how the fragile threads of love, money and compassion can shape human relationships. This unusual night of theater will draw audiences along with three characters as they each share their surprising revelations that come at a time of loss.
The first story, "Tell Tale," introduces Emil, played by Joe Page. Emil is a shy and love-sick funeral director who struggles to control his desperate passion for a local businesswoman. The object of his affection is a real estate agent who has discovered the lucrative advantages of handing out business cards during services at Emil's mortuary. She is, however, unaware of Emil's unrequited adoration. Emil struggles to give voice to his unspoken passion before time and bodies run out, but his private reveries receive an unexpected jolt that shakes his solemn, buttoned-down world to the core.
In "The Thief of Tears" we meet Mac (played by Oil Lamp veteran Jasmine Ryan), a beautiful, tough-talking hustler who makes her living by stealing jewelry from corpses. The death of her wealthy grandmother provides Mac with an opportunity to settle scores in more ways than one but as she approaches the large diamond ring on her grandmother's finger, her past unravels and she discovers that she's in for a lot more than she bargained for.
"Thirteen Things About Ed Carpolotti," brings us the story of Virginia (played by June Miller), a grieving widow, who soon discovers that she must not only re-order her own life, but also the business dealings of her late husband. Ed, we learn, was "a real wheeler-dealer," who had amassed a staggering debt and left his wife to ponder "the sin of failure the secular sin that knows no religion." After a stunning surprise, Virginia provides a final, haunting image of tenderness that reveals both the power and magic of love.
Gretchen Sonstroem directs this production of Three Viewings. Ms. Sonstroem previously directed Sylvia, Twelve Angry Jurors and The Odd Couple for Oil Lamp Theater.
Performances run January 11th through February 10th, Fridays through Sundays. For evening performances, doors open at 7:30 and shows begin at 8:00. For Sunday performances, doors open at 2:30 and shows begin at 3:00.
Oil Lamp Theater is a BYOB establishment. Glasses and corkage provided at no charge. Complimentary homemade cookies also available.
Oil Lamp Theater (View)
1723 Glenview Road
Glenview, IL 60025
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