Most of us have at times been tempted to flee our own lives, but Becky Foster took the reins and did just that.
At the start of playwright Steven Deitz’s “Becky’s New Car,” opening at the North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck March 4, Becky is caught in middle age, middle management, and in a middling marriage —with no prospects for change on the horizon.
One night, a socially inept and grief-stricken millionaire widower stumbles into the car dealership while Becky is working overtime, on a whim of an idea to buy some cars as gifts for his employees.
He offers Becky a new life that leads her on a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.
Variety says of the play, first published in 2010, that “Perhaps the highest praise that can be given to Steven Dietz’s praiseworthy new comedy is that it’s funny. Not ironic. Not hysterical in a slapsticky kind of way. Just gently and consistently funny—right up to the point that it’s touching, and then even a little bit after that. “Becky’s New Car” takes the audience on a smart, comic cruise through the perils of middle-aged longing and regret.”
Catherine Maloney stars as Becky, along with Alan Stewart as her husband Joe, Lon Shomer as millionaire billboard magnate Walter Flood, Scott Butler as Becky’s psychology student son Chris, Matthew Orr as Becky’s co-worker Steve, Marissa Russo as Mr. Flood’s daughter Kenni and Marguerite Volonts as Walter’s neighbor Ginger.
Bob Kaplan directs this production, Susan McCabe is the producer, Ryan Zlatniski is the stage manager and Michele Messenger is the set designer and prop master.
Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays March 4 through March 19, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays March 6, 13 and 20. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling the box office at 631-298-NFCT or online here.
An opening night reception will be held at 7 p.m. on March 4, with a wine tasting provided by Raphael Vineyards.
Student tickets will be available for $12 at the box office beginning 10 minutes before each performance. These tickets are subject to availability and cannot be reserved ahead of time.