‘Stage Struck’ is ‘wickedly fun’

  • Charles Weinstein, Lisa Bostnar, Kraig Swartz and Nicholas Wilder are starring in “Stage Struck,” directed by Charles Morey, far right, opening at the Peterborough Players this week.  Staff Photo by Meghan Pierce

  • Actors Lisa Bostnar and Kraig Swartz talk “Stage Struck,” their latest Peterborough Players production. Staff Photo by Meghan Pierce

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/6/2019 9:21:26 PM

Audience members of the Peterborough Players production of the thrilling suspense comedy “Stage Struck” are in for a “wickedly fun” time, says star Lisa Bostnar.

“It’s a really fun thriller,” said Kraig Swartz, who stars beside Bostnar as her husband.

“Stage Struck” opened Thursday and runs through Feb. 17.

“Stage Struck” also features Nicholas Wilder and Charles Weinstein. Playwright and former Players’ artistic director Charles Morey is directing.

Bostnar’s character, an increasingly wealthy and successful West End actress wife, sets the plot in motion when she tells her devoted stage-manager turned house-husband, Swartz, that she wants a divorce. She refers him to her own psychiatrist, who advised her to break of the marriage and mayhem ensues. Instead of moving out, he decides to dust off his superior stage managing skills to turn the tables on his wife and her psychiatrist.

“For erudite and witty people, Brits love their mayhem, betrayal and gore,” Swartz said. “I think what people can relate to is you are seeing at first a couple and then a whole collection of people who have been carrying around these untruths and these untruths over time metastasize into something that becomes quite sinister.”

“It’s despicable people doing despicable things, in a charming manner,” Morey said.

Along with the thrills, jumps and laughs, audience members are also in for a good deal of twists and turns of the plot, Morey said.

“Is anyone who he or she seems? There are wheels within wheels, machinations within machinations, plots within plots and it all comes crashing down on everybody’s head at the end,” he said.

Written by English playwright Simon Gray in 1979, “Stage Struck” was produced by the Peterborough Players in 1985 and last produced stateside in Los Angeles about ten years ago, Morey said. While Gray was a successful playwright, for some reason this play of his is not well-known and often not performed, he said. Morey said this is all the more reason this little know gem of a play will keep audiences at the edge of their seats.

“You’ll jump out of your seat, but you won’t know when,” Morey said.

The production is rated PG-13.

For tickets go online to www.peterboroughplayers.org or call 603-924-7585. The Peterborough Players is located at 55 Hadley Road in Peterborough.

Meghan Pierce is digital editor at the Ledger-Transcript, you can reach her at mpierce@ledgertranscript.com.


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