The Buffalo Theatre Ensemble’s 26th Season is kicking off with The Lady With All the Answers, a comedy about Ann Landers written by David Rambo. It will run from September 7-23, 2012.
Connie Canaday Howard, BTE’s Artistic Director, is directing the one-woman show starring COD’s Associate Professor and Associate Artistic Director of BTE, Amelia Barrett.
Connie Howard said the mission of BTE is “about giving stories life and exploring human relationships.” The reason BTE chose to put on this play is of course, because it is an interesting and funny story but also because they picked pieces that could be “produced well in temporary space” since the MAC is currently under construction. The performance will take place in the K building commons in room 160 where they built a theater. Upcoming student shows will also be performed here later in the semester.
The star of the show, Amelia Barrett, says her favorite part of the show is “reading the letters” and when her character polls the audience. This is a completely new experience for Amelia, who has never performed in a one-woman show before and also says this character is a very new role compared to previous roles she has played. Connie Howard, the director, also said that “Students love Amelia and lots of people come to see BTE for Amelia.”
Ann Landers was a well-known advice columnist who had millions of readers. In the show, she is facing a dilemma of her own one night in her Chicago apartment. Ann is putting together letters and columns to create her book “Best of Ann Landers.”
Connie also is very knowledgeable about Ann Landers. She said Ann “believed in the positive in people and that life goes on.” Amelia and Connie also described her as “a force to be reckoned with” and a “political force,” so she is not your average advice columnist.
The show has something for everyone so make sure to get your tickets for any of the performance dates that run September 7-23. Tickets for the show may be arranged through the McAninch Art Center Box Office at 60/942-4000. Group and student rates are available.
*Published in the College of DuPage Courier, 2013.