FLINT – Flint Youth Theatre’s Off the Press Series staged reading of West Moon Street will be performed Sunday, January 16 at 6:00 P.M. This hilarious farce with a dash of mystery is written by Rob Urbinati and based on “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” by Oscar Wilde. West Moon Street is the third staged reading in FYT’s 2010-11 Off the Press Series and will be performed at Flint Youth Theatre, 1220 East Kearsley Street. The $5.00 admission includes the staged reading, a talk-back with the performers and refreshments provided by Fandangles’. Tickets are available at FYT by calling 810.237.1530 or at the door beginning one hour before the performance. More information is available at flintyouththeatre.org.
Young Lord Arthur is deliriously happy—just down from Oxford and engaged to be married—when a mysterious palm reader predicts he will commit a murder. A proper English gentleman, Arthur believes it is his duty to get this killing business over and done with before he marries. The New York Times calls West Moon Street, “A clever mystery, written to indict the fate industry with whom late-19th-century aristocrats seemed so enthralled . . . a briskly paced comedy of manners true to it’s author’s greater spirit.” The New York Blade raves, “Rob Urbinati has done a truly marvelous thing: He’s turned an infrequently read Oscar Wilde short story into a play that improves on the original.”
“While the play is a shrewd exploration of the obligations of one’s duty taken to a deadly extreme, it is first and foremost a laugh-out-loud comedy with razor-sharp wordplay from absurdly witty characters,” reflected Walter Hill, FYT Associate Artistic Director in charge of programming and producing the Off the Press Series.
The Off the Press Series includes some of the latest plays from Broadway, Off-Broadway and the American Regional Theatre. Readings in the series are recommended for adults and older teens. The Off the Press Series is sponsored by Fandangles’.