The Basset Table was written in 1701 and features several independent women, one of whom runs a card game where serious money is won or lost. Lady Reveller (Julie Ann Grief) lives with her uncle Sir Richard (Don Larsson), who is not too pleased with his niece's gambling habit and wishes her to be more like her cousins, the demure Lucy (Alison Anderson) and the scientist Valeria (Lana Bean). He wishes to marry off his daughters and urges Lady Reveller to do the same. Of course that's exactly what happens in the end. But while the play still ends with everyone coupled up (like Shakespeare's comedies usually do), at least the getting there is perhaps a little less cliched and the women don't have to give up their interests, or hopefully their independence.
|the ladies Lucy (Alison Anderson),|
Reveller (Julie Ann Grief), and Mrs. Sago
(Jody Bee, photo by Scott Pakudaitis)
A cast of 12 is large for this intimate space, that only seats about 40 or so. But they're rarely all on stage together, and the stage is separated into several distinct areas on different levels (living space, basset table, science lab), so that it never feels crowded. The period costumes are bright and colorful, complete with headpieces. (Set and propery design by Beth Anne Roe, costume design by Rebecca Karstad.)
The Basset Table is a similar feel to Shakespeare's comedies, but it's fun to get it from a women's perspective (and not as long - just over two hours including intermission). Continuing through April 22.