Wednesday, 21 September 2011 03:01


Written by Cathy Wayne
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The West Coast Premiere of SHOOTING STAR is the newest production in the fantastic Colony Theatre Company’s 37th season. SHOOTING STAR is a delightfully playful romantic comedy written by Steven Dietz, listed in 2010 as one of the top ten most produced playwrights in America (“Inventing Van Gogh”, “Private Eyes”, “Halcyon Days”).

3909.jpgStranded by a blizzard, two former lovers, flower child, mood ring wearing, hippy-type liberal Elena (Michelle Duffy) and straight-laced suit-wearing conservative Reed (Kevin Symons) spot each other in an airport lounge in the Midwest. She on her way to Boston. He on his way to Austin. You see, in the 70’s they were a couple, living together in a funky apartment and in an “open relationship”. After not seeing each other in 25 years, at first they are awkward about the meeting. But as time passes waiting for the weather to clear, old feelings and new possibilities enter the equation. Taking place within a twenty-four-hour period, they reminisce, with Elena stuck in the 70’s vibe, and Reed having moved on to a corporate existence with a wife and daughter. Each remembers the good times between them, and of course, they remember the bad times. Both differences and similarities still exist, dreams, regrets and emotional journeys fuel our story.

Michelle Duffy as Elena and Kevin Symons as Reed are accomplished, perfectly suited for the characters and thoroughly enjoyable. They bring a sense of fun and playfulness to this slightly predictable story. But, audiences don’t judge scripts. They live through the experiences they see on stage. Director David Rose has staged over 25 productions at The Colony and he doesn’t disappoint in the production of SHOOTING STAR bringing the lives of ordinary people to life in this play. The stage was transformed into an airport lounge and the fabulous Set Design is thanks to David Potts. Airport lounges should always be this entertaining.

This two-person play is a lively 90 minutes and enjoyable from the start. Your funny bone will be ignited and your memory jogged with nostalgia. And…you get to see snow in beautiful downtown Burbank. Come and enjoy!


Cast: Michelle Duffy and Kevin Symons
Director: David Rose
Scenic Design: David Potts
Costume Design: Dianne K. Graebner
Lighting Design: Luke Moyer
Sound Design: Cricket S. Myers
Properties Design & Set Dressing: MacAndMe
Production Stage Manager: Leesa Freed
Public Relations: David Elzer / Demand PR

The Colony Theatre Company
555 North Third Street (at Cypress, adjacent to the Burbank Town Center)
Burbank, CA
Website: www.ColonyTheatre.Org

Performances: September 17, 2011 – October 16, 2011
Thursdays & Fridays at 8:00pm Saturdays at 3:00 & 8:00pm Sundays at 2:00pm
Question/Answer Talkbacks after performances: Friday, September 23rd and Thursday, October 6th Tickets: $20.00 - $42.00 (student, senior and group discounts available) Call 818.558.7000 ext 15 OR: Online: www.ColonyTheatre.Org

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