PORTSMOUTH – Portsmouth Little Theater (PLT) wraps up their production of Life x 3 this weekend.
Life x 3 is the fifth play by French writer Yasmina Reza (creator of Art, and God of Carnage). The play presents three versions of two couples having a dinner party and centers around vanity, professional insecurity, and the complications of marriage and parenthood.
“It’s a cross between the worst dinner party you could ever imagine and Ground Hog Day,” laughed Director Leigh Anne Smith. Smith has been a member of PLT’s Board of Governor’s for 19 years, performed in 21 productions, directed in 9 productions, and won 5 Marlowe Awards. “I wanted to direct this show because I love Yasmina Reza. I was a bit worried this show was not as well known as her other work – but I knew once people watched it they would fall in love (or hate) with the characters.”
The cast includes Eric Gray as Henri, Kayla Parker as Sonia, Trevor McCormick as Hubert Finidori, and Kelli Riffe as Inez Finidori.
“This cast has been a dream to work with,” said Smith. “Kelli and Eric have been with me from the start. Trevor and Kayla came on board late but have done a terrific job. We ended up with a dream cast. Kayla plays Sonia so well and Trevor, despite being young and our newest performer, does extremely well with some very difficult dialogue.”
“I’m so proud of this cast and so happy it’s gone so well. I hope everyone likes it as much as I do.”
Smith hopes readers come support PLT this weekend, but does warn the show is rated R for strong language.
“This is an adults night out,” she said. “If you are looking for something that is funny and witty, it makes a great girls’ night out or a date night. It’s a great show.”
Tickets can be purchased at pltlive.com or at the door (1117 Lawson Street in Portsmouth). Showtime is 7:30PM Friday and Saturday.
Smith is also directing PLT’s next production (alongside Kasie McCreary) which will kick off in late March. The community will be excited to learn the show is Clue, based on the popular 1985 film.
“We just had our first read through of Clue. The cast did a really great job. They were all there in character reading. And this cast is a great mix of familiar faces and newcomers. The play will be true to the movie so I think the community will really love it.”
Clue premiers March 24th. Check out pltlive.com or their Facebook Page for tickets or more information.