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Dark comedy ‘Wonder of the World’ runs at Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton Sept. 9-18

Dark comedy ‘Wonder of the World’ runs at Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton Sept. 9-18
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From a press release:

“Wonder of the World,” a play that premiered at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., in 2000 and then ran off-Broadway in 2001, is another “guilty pleasure” production offered by Diva Productions at the Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton that opens this Friday, Sept. 9 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 18.

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Casey Thomas, this dark adult comedy follows Cass Harris, a young woman desperate to escape her tired old life and husband’s horrifying betrayal.

In an optimistic attempt to sow her wild oats, Cass boards a bus to Niagara Falls armed with a smile, an aspic, and a lengthy list of “things to do.” The friends and lovers met along the way help Cass “check off” many wishes from her list and pepper this absurdly funny and deliciously dark adventure with all the fuel needed for a self-destructive self-discovery.

Two years after “Fuddy Meers” floored both audiences and critics, Lindsay-Abaire followed up his debut hit with “Wonder of the World” and had critics searching for new superlatives. The New York production featured knockout performances by Sarah Jessica Parker and Amy Sedaris.

In the New York Times, Ben Brantley wrote, “clearly, Mr. Lindsay-Abaire hasn’t lost his playfully wicked eye, equally appalled and affectionate … his style both embraces and spoofs the all-American appetite for spiritual lift, sitcom perkiness, and slimy tabloid prurience.”

“Wonder of the World” runs Sept. 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. at the Olde Brick Theatre (126 W. Market St., Scranton). Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Seating is limited, so call 570-209-7766 for reservations.

For more information, see the Facebook event page.