Based in part on author Jason Robert Brown’s own experiences, this pop-rock musical attempts to deconstruct the faltering marriage of a writer and an actress. Critical response was very strong when it opened in Chicago more than a decade ago, and soon thereafter the move to off-Broadway resulted in Brown winning a Drama Desk Award for music and lyrics. It’s a two-character show, wherein Brown revisits the old “Abie’s Irish Rose” plotline — Jewish guy Jamie meets “shiksa goddess” Cathy — but cleverly moves the action both forward and in reverse, with the characters’ time-warped POVs allowing the audience a glimpse into their relationship’s critical uncertainties and ultimately fatal moves. (If that sounds potentially confusing, you’ve been alerted — and don’t be late for the opening curtain or you’ll be playing catch-up.) In an intriguing and rare decision, the Street Theatre Company production
will showcase two separate casts during the run of the production. Weekends
one and two feature Kacie Phillips and Ryan Greenwalt; real-life married couple Cori and Tyson Laemmel perform weekends three and four. Lauren Shouse directs. Some local theatergoers may remember that Boiler Room Theatre presented the show’s area premiere in 2004.