October 22, 2007

Loose Knit is a modern yarn of five friends

Liz and Bob (Brittni Barger and Brandon Johnson) find knitting an appropriate metaphor for their tangled relationship in Theresa Rebeck’s Loose Knit. Liz and Bob (Brittni Barger and Brandon Johnson) find knitting an appropriate metaphor for their tangled relationship in Theresa Rebeck’s Loose Knit.

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Put an attorney together with an actress, then weave in a homemaker, journalist and a therapist, and you have the quirky cast of characters in Theresa Rebeck’s Loose Knit, playing this month at Sacramento State’s Playwright’s Theatre, Nov. 8-11 and 14-18.
 
“It’s an edgy, humorous, modern portrayal of five diverse women,” says Theatre/Dance professor and director Michelle Felten. “It’s like Sex and the City with knitting and sushi.”

The knitting becomes a metaphor as the five women get entangled in one another’s lives, particularly with the two men who move through their circle.

While the emphasis is on humor, Felten says there are underlying elements that bring many emotions to the surface. “There’s comedy, but there’s also a lot of depth, a lot of pathos, and a lot of figuring out who they are.”

Felten championed the play during the department’s selection process. With only five women and two men, the cast isn’t large, Felten says, but that means more opportunity for each actor. “This play gives seven people the chance to really show their stuff and exercise their acting chops.”

She also cautions that the humor is adult in nature, and the play may not be suitable for children under age 14.

Sara Perry, who plays Margie, the eccentric actress, describes her character as being a little bit at the end of her rope. But Margie always looks on the bright side about dating, men and her career, “even though none of those things are going very well for her,” Perry says.

Perry also finds some similarities between the character and herself. Margie has a Bohemian ideology and is very artistic. “And I relate to that,” Perry says.

Brittni Barger plays Liz, the celebrity reporter who has a cool life but takes on too much and is a little bit frazzled. “There’s a lot about her that I really connect to,” Barger says. “She has such a huge passion for life and people.”

Barger has been a fan of the author’s for some time, performing a scene from another of her plays during a directing class. “Rebeck really puts a lot of detail into her characters. That’s what makes them fun.”

Sex. Sushi. Knitting. Come watch it unravel.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 8-10 and 16-17; at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18; and at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15. Cost is $8 for all adults for the Nov. 14 and 15 performances. All other shows are $12 general admission, and $10 for students, senior citizens and Sacramento State employees.

Tickets are available at the Sacramento State Ticket office, (916) 278-4323 or www.tickets.com.

For more information, call the Theatre and Dance Department at (916) 278-6368 or visit www.csus.edu/dram/. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.