It’s Summer House-Share Hell

    Before house-share reality shows like “Big Brother” or — dare we mention it? — “Private Stars,” there was “Betty’s Summer Vacation” by Christopher Durang, the well-known author of “Beyond Therapy,” “Romance,” and other theater favorites.
    Next week the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor will bring “Betty’s Summer Vacation” to the stage as its second full-scale production of the season. Trip Cullman, who has a long list of New York City stage credits, will direct the play, which, according to a release, “is about a young woman who spends the summer at the beach, in a house share that spins wildly out of control.”
    Betty’s idea of a summer vacation is blown to bits when her housemates start to file in. One after another, the inhabitants begin to show their true colors, “which are simply ‘psycho-delic.’ This will be a summer Betty will never forget.”
    The cast includes John Behlmann, Veanne Cox, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Heidi Schreck, and Bobby Steggert.
    Previews begin on Tuesday, with a July 9 opening night. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7. Wednesday matinees will be at 2 on July 13, 20, and 27, with Saturday matinees at 4 on July 16 and 23. There will be a talkback with the cast after the July 12 show.


This is a total waste of your time and money. I'm not against profanity or crudity or gore or innuendo. Many a play (including Shakespeare) has a plot that makes sense and can justify the parts that make you uncomfortable, for good reason. This is just plain juvenile drek. Both the actors (who are actually good at their roles) and playwright should remove this from their resumes and bury the script from sight. People were leaving the show after 10 minutes, then 20, then didn't return after the intermission. My friend and I laughed so hard on the way home, talking about how horrible this thing was, we cried. Thank goodness no deer chose to run in front of us en route! Just as we tell people to proofread what they write before pressing the SEND button, some folks should use the DELETE key and the garbage can more often. After seeing Billy Elliott, Avenue Q, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert in NYC (and many other shows at Bay Street), we can say this just plain BAD.