Friday, January 22, 2010

Grey Gardens and "The Marble Faun"

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 6:14 PM

It’s hard to imagine how two well-to-do women related to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — Edith (“Big Edie”) Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith (“Little Edie”) — could go from a grand lifestyle to animal infestation (In case you don’t know, I’ll fill you in: In 1973, they were found living in their 28-room mansion, which was without running water, and ... it gets worse ... filled with 52 cats, fleas and raccoons. Ahhh. A&E’s Hoarders would have had ratings through the roof with this.) But you’ll get the full story with Queen City Theatre Company’s latest production, Grey Gardens, which kicks off on Friday, Jan. 28 at Duke Energy Theatre. The musical, by Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife) with music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie, is based on the cult classic documentary by Albert and David Maysles, and directed by Charlotte’s own Glenn T. Griffin of QCTC.

Oh, and this just in from QCTC:

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Jerry Torre, The Marble Faun of Grey Gardens, will visit Charlotte on Feb. 6-7. He will be attending both shows and answering questions from the audience in one very interesting talk back! Jerry Torre, a native New Yorker, is best known for his appearance in the Maysles brothers 1975 documentary Grey Gardens. He lived in Grey Gardens for almost 2 years and during that time he was given the nickname "The Marble Faun" by Edith "Little Edie" Beale.

The show is recommended for audiences over 13 years old. Tickets are $18-$28. Dates/times are as followed: Jan. 30, 8 p.m.; Feb. 3-6, 8 p.m.;Feb. 7, 2 p.m.; Feb. 10-13, 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theatre is located at 345 N. College St. For tickets, call 704-372-1000 or visit www.carolinatix.org.

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