Diva Theater Productions is pleased to present local playwright Jeff Boam’s Man on a Canvas at the Old Brick Theater in Scranton. It opens on Friday, November 10.
When talking with the cast, they unanimously agreed that Boam’s play is singular. Set in 1920’s New York at the Algonquin Hotel where members of the famous “Vicious Circle” met (think Dorothy Parker, Harpo Marx, Alexander Woollcott and the gang), the play moves forward to modern-day Scranton, Pennsylvania, where the story of boxing and boxers who won’t fight continues. Actor David Spitzer feels the actors’ portrayals of historic personages helps add to the uniqueness of the show. Actor Michael Madajeski jokes that all of the drinking the Algonquin Round Table members did makes the play, but his humor fits in, particularly since actor Dante Giammarco feels one of the best parts of the rehearsal process for the show has been getting the chance to watch Boam’s comedy develop in his fellow actors. He confesses it leads to some “delicious” moments on stage.
If that’s not incentive enough to go, maybe Boam’s boxing theme will pull you in. The production, which began as a screenplay that Boam admits he “forced anybody with a pair of eyes” to read, has his hard work and determination pay off in play form. Director Paige Balitski was happy to take on the show, which follows other productions of Boam’s at the Old Brick including Behind The Six and The Judas Sheep. But boxing is in Scranton’s blood. Boam even consulted with the city’s own “Irish” Gene Reed when writing to make the boxing aspects as believable as possible. Boam shares, as well, that the comedy would appeal to fans of plays like The Man Who Came to Dinner and You Can’t Take It With You; it is in true Kaufman and Hart style.
So come for the history and boxing and stay for the good time. Man on a Canvas runs November 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 8 p.m. and November 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. For ticket reservations, contact Diva Theater Productions at 570-209-7766