A satire on marriage... and the need for divorce

TODAY, Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance: Russ Cusick directs Shaw's "Getting Married"

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Scene from Tennessee William's "Glass Menagerie" at MST&DA, Directed by Russ Cusick
Scene from Tennessee William's "Glass Menagerie" at MST&DA, Directed by Russ Cusick
Photo courtesy of Russ Cusick

Roosevelt Island's Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance announces, Getting Married, the third in a series of staged readings of classic plays directed by Russ Cusick. Getting Married is Bernard Shaw's satirical analysis of marriage and resonates with contemporary issues like divorce, infidelity and marriage contracts.

"It is one of my favorite Shaw plays," says director Russ Cusick who previously directed The Glass Menagerie and The Lion in Winter.

"For the first year, I chose three plays that I think are classic and timeless," he said while preparing for William's play in December. "They also all happen to center around families."

Getting Married's family connections are more convoluted than Menagerie's autobiographical Wingfield family and less dramatic than James Gordon's depiction of the epic struggles of England's great King Henry II, his irrepressible wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine and their three sons, two of whom were Richard the Lionheart and the future King John who consented to the Magna Carta.

Cusick has spread his family net wide, leaving little ground unexplored in this popular series.

In Getting Married, with families riddled with their own romantic complications, Edith and Cecil are set for a wedding.

"However problems arise when the bride refuses to leave her room. She says she is reading a pamphlet on marriage," explains Wikipedia's synopsis. "Apparently Cecil Sykes, her husband-to-be, is also reading a pamphlet. Both refuse to go to the church until they are finished. The couple finally emerge from their rooms. It seems that the pamphlets have revealed to them the dangers of marriage."

From this pivot, the play explores the ups and downs, benefits and dangers of getting - and staying - married.

Cusick has assembled a strong cast of twelve to keep you guessing, hoping and dreading the conclusion of this searching work.

It will be performed on Monday, February 6th at 7:30 p.m. in MST&DA's Howe Theatre, 548 Main Street. Admission is free, but a donation of $5.00 is greatly appreciated.

 

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