Old Academy Players Presents FAST GIRLS: Diana Amsterdam’s Hilarious Comedy

by Patricia Bradford

Old Academy Players presents FAST GIRLS, the hilarious comedy written by Diana Amsterdam. Directed by Sarah Labov and produced by Terri Bateman, Michelle Moscicki, and the dear, late beloved Christopher P. McCollum. Show dates are November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19, 2017; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM.

A special Autumn Open House performance of FAST GIRLS will be held on Sunday, November 5 at 4 pm. This event is perfect for first-time attendees to the theater and friends. Members of Old Academy Players will share a brief history of the theatre and its famous members Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky. The event is $20 per person and includes light refreshments pre-show beginning at 3 pm and a post-show 10-minute Question and Answer session with the actors.

Come and meet the talented, award winning playwright Diana Amsterdam when she joins us on opening night, November 3, for a Question and Answer session. Amsterdam’s plays have been produced in New York, London, Berlin, Montreal, Los Angeles and many American cities and have been reviewed by the New York Times and Washington Post. Her newest play THE DODGERS opened in Los Angeles in January 2016. She is currently writing a commission for Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company in Houston, TX. She is a New York State Council on the Arts grant recipient and was selected for HBO’s Stage to Screen series. She won the BBC American Radio Play Contest leading to three radio play commissions from BBC Radio 4. Her screenplay won 1st Prize in NYWIFT’s 25th Anniversary Screenplay Contest.

Synopsis: A precursor to Sex and the City, the comedy FAST GIRLS (which won the Montreal equivalent of a Tony Award (in French)), is a buddy story about two single women during the late eighties, when the sexual revolution hit a definite snag. Lucy Lewis loves men, being single, and playing the field; she is a successful career woman and a “fast girl.” Her neighbor Abigail McBride seeks a suitable husband and is definitely desperate, declaring that she realized, too late, that “high standards and loneliness are one and the same thing.” Lucy’s mother Mitzi comes to town to convince Lucy that she has to settle down before it’s too late. She sends over Lucy’s ex-boyfriend Sidney to seal the deal. Lucy pretends to cook for Sidney and be a “good girl” to show him how ridiculous it is; but the charade backfires.

Reviewers comment: “Amsterdam makes us laugh, listen and think.” ~ Daily Record, “Brilliantly comic moments.” ~ The Monitor; and “Takes a penetrating look at contemporary sexual chaos. Passion, celibacy, marriage, fidelity are just some of the subjects that Diana Amsterdam hilariously examines.” ~ Tribune News.

The stellar cast members are Eric Rupp as Sidney Epstein, Jennifer Sivers/Roberts as Abigail McBride, Maggie Cummings as Lucy Lewis, Susan Lonker as Mitzi Lewis and Tom England as Joe Malone. Features adult themes – not recommended for children.

Old Academy Players, a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, is a non-profit community theater located at 3544 Indian Queen Lane in East Falls (Philadelphia), the urban village on the Schuylkill River. Constructed in 1819, the Old Academy building has been the OAP home since 1932. Old Academy Players has provided continuous community theater since 1923 and featured the acting debuts of both Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky.

Old Academy welcomes groups! If you have 15 or more in your party, you can take advantage of group discount pricing. Parking for all performances is free. Individual tickets are $20 each. Tickets may now be purchased online at www.oldacademyplayers.org. Tickets may also be reserved by calling 215-843-1109. For more information, visit the theater’s website at www.oldacademyplayers.org.

Theater/Organization OLD ACADEMY PLAYERS
Theater/Organization Website: https://oldacademyplayers.org/

Theater/Organization Address: 3544 Indian Queen Lane Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19129 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (215) 843-1109

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