One Woman and One Man
If it seems like Stage West no longer has an offseason, that’s only because of the two touring one-person shows that will be playing at the venue this month while the Stage West troupe gears up for yet another season. The first of those runs for this weekend only, and it is Lucinda McDermott’s O’Keeffe!, which comes to us courtesy of Flower and Bone Productions. Despite the Broadway musical-style exclamation point at the end of the title, the play is not a musical but rather a show in which the particulars of Georgia O’Keeffe’s life are retold in appropriately fierce and no-nonsense terms. The artist is portrayed by Carolyn Wickwire, who previously performed this same piece in Dallas in May.
After that play closes, Stage West will host David Marquis’ I Am a Teacher, which Marquis performed in Dallas last month. The original play by that title debuted in 1977, but this is the third work in a trilogy that features the schoolteacher hero of the first play as he wonders whether to retire or take on a new challenge: mentoring a new teacher. This new work is reportedly still a work in progress, but those familiar with the first two plays will undoubtedly want to know what happens now.