“3 X 3” is Basement Theatre’s spring production. Three directors and three plays – CHAIRS, STILL LIFE and REGINA FLECTOR WINS THE SCIENCE FAIR – will make for one engaging evening at the Osprey June 2 and 3, starting 8 p.m.
In the CHAIRS, when Marion (played by Tatum Arcon) decides to move the chairs around in a school staffroom to liven things up and start some conversation, all hell breaks loose.
Directed by Alison Stanton, “Chairs” by Ron Nicol is set in a dysfunctional school where Manny the Janitor (Ben Holmes) may actually be running the place.
Naniya Trevors, Lorraine Chapman, Chris Curry, Mary Ellen Riley and Karl White round out the cast of eccentric makers of mayhem. Anyone who has ever attended school, as a student, a teacher or staff, will feel quite at home in this madcap environment.
To complete the first half of the evening, Amie Riley directs “Regina Flector Wins the Science Fair” by Marco Ramirez. Currently a drama student at Mount Allison University and a former player with Basement Theatre, Amy will bring her newfound skills to direct the troupe’s younger actors, Mya Chidiac, Clara Jurgenliemk, Rafael Pedro and Cole Traff as they develop their characters.
Noel Coward wrote the short play to close the evening. It’s called “Still Life.” Susan Hoover directs the action that takes place in the refreshment room of a British railroad station in 1936. Action shifts from table to table and to the food counter.
Ed and Naniya Trevors play young lovers while Alison Stanton and Steve Walsh play more seasoned characters just getting involved and young helpers played by Tatum Arcon and Ben Holmes struggle to get a moment together. Enter a couple of drunken soldiers (Philip Dunham and Tyler Peck), insulting comedians who manage to offend everyone but the audience, to further liven things up.
From slapstick to delicate romance, from melodrama to authentic moments of sadness and loss, Basement Theatre’s “3 X 3” will present plays that pull at the heart from every direction.