Another blissful night of theater

By Alita Rickards  / 

Fri, Jun 12, 2009 - Page 15


Fresh of off its surprisingly successful debut performance this spring, the Taipei Players acting troupe is back for more.

In March, the group presented 7 Stories in front of a sold-out audience at Bliss. The upstairs live house space was transformed into a mini-theater for 50 seated guests. “I think it was a really great response from the audience,” said organizer Sarah Zittrer, who found the community support “overwhelming.”

On Sunday, this “eclectic group of actors, musicians, and yoga teachers” will present five comedies, said Zittrer. Each short is from 10 to 20 minutes in length.

Oral Report and Alternative Lifestyle is a double comedy by Jack Neary about three old ladies gossiping on the porch. It features Katie Partlow, and organizers Zittrer and Mandy Roveda.

Roveda, who directs four of the five plays in Sunday’s show, arrived in Taiwan last August. “I have to do theater no matter where I am,” she said.

Actors Klaire Wu (吳青樺), Ben Lind and Peter Balfry perform in Time Flies, David Ives’ comedy about two mayflies on a date who discover they don’t have long

to live.

Men Are From Milwaukee, Women Are From Phoenix, by M. Lynda Robinson, performed by Brian Domenget and Holly Harrington, uses an argument between a married couple to lampoon the book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus and the lack of communication between the sexes.

Anton Chekhov’s The Bear is the only play not directed by Roveda, with Josh Myers taking the reins in this story of a grieving widow and the landowner

her husband was indebted to. The piece features

Taichung Improv Theater members Jenny McManus

and Nick Ford.