Two Muses Theatre's latest production, the world premiere of "A Little Work", opens Sept. 7 and explores the world of friendships and plastic surgery.
Director and Two Muses co-founder Diane Hill of Farmington Hills has been working with best-selling authors Anita Diamant and Stephen McCauley to fine-tune the play ever since Diamant came to see a workshop production at SRO Productions last spring.
“It was fun seeing our work brought to life on stage,” Diamant said. “It prompted Stephen and me to streamline the story. And Diane’s attention to shorter scene changes has also helped to transform this former two act show into a sleek one act play.”
“This nip/tuck is fitting with the theme of the play,” added Hill. “Much like the pressure the women impose upon themselves to maintain physical beauty in the show, we wanted to give the original script a bit of a makeover. And we couldn’t be happier with the result.”
The large cast is filled with women, supporting Two Muses’ mission to provide opportunities in theatre for female artists. Two Muses co-founder Barbie Weisserman and Nancy Cooper play burned out English teacher, Mia, and well-known writer, Kitty, respectively. Their close friendship is challenged when Kitty, who is recovering from a face-lift, drops in with her nurse, played by Barbara Bicknell.
The show also features Patrick O’Lear as Mia’s husband, Erin Hildebrandt as Mia’s daughter, who brings home her friend played by Michael Lopetrone, and the book club ladies: Maureen Mansfield, Rae McIntosh and Maggie Gilkes.
"A Little Work" will be performed on Friday and Saturday evenings, with Sunday matinees, through Sept. 30, in the 160-seat theatre inside Barnes & Noble Booksellers, located at 6800 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield (south of Maple).
Advance tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased at www.twomusestheatre.org or by calling 248-850-9919. Tickets are $20 at the door. Tickets for the Sept. 6, 8 p.m., preview are $10.
A full list of performance dates and times is also on the Two Muses website.
--from a Two Muses press release