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2014-04-26 – The Orlando Sentinel

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Mad Cow reveals
its 2014-15 season

BY MATTHEW J . PALM
Staff Writer

The 2014-15 season at Mad Cow Theatre
will feature big musicals, award-winning
drama, romantic comedy and new works.
The Orlando Cabaret Festival will return for
a 13th year, April 23-May 10, 2015, and a
second Science Play Festival will run
Feb. 27-March 1, 2015.

Nine of the 10 theatrical offerings have
been chosen Here’s what’s in store:

I The Who’s Tommy, Oct. 3-Nov. 2: Pete
Townshend of seminal British rock band
The Who created the show with director
Des McAnuff (“J ersey Boys”). A rock opera,
it tells the story of a teen pinball champion
who gets caught up in fame. Based on The
Who’s 1969 double album, “Tommy” won
the 1993 Tony Award for best original score.
I James Joyce’s The Dead, Dec. 5-Jan. 4,
2015: Inspired by Joyce’s short story, “The
Dead” takes anostalgic Christmas Visit to an
Irish home full of memories and lively mu—
sic. For his work on the story, writer Richard
Nelson won the 2000 Tony Award for best
book of a musical.

I The Explorers Club, Jan. 23-Feb. 22,
2015: This new comedy details a crisis in
1879 when the gentlemen of the prestigious
Explorers Club feel threatened by a poten—
tial new member — a woman. Nell Benja-
min, a Tony nominee for writing the music
and lyrics for “Legally Blonde,” wrote the
play, which debuted off—Broadway in 2013.
I Photograph 5], Feb. 20-March 15, 2015:
Anna Zieglar’s new drama tells the story of
Dr. Rosalind Franklin, who in 1953 captured
the world’s first image of the DNA double
helix. Yet, her success has been overlooked
by history in the male- dominated world of
science. The show was read at Mad Cow’s

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Apri119, 2015: Philip Barry’s 1939 romantic
comedy centers on socialite Tracy Lord.
Her wedding plans are complicated by the
arrival of her ex—husband and an attractive
tabloid journalist The play starred Kathar-
ine Hepburn, who teamed with Cary Grant
and J immy Stewart for the 1940 movie ver—
sion. It was also adapted as a musical for
film and stage with the title “High Society.”
I Ain’t Misbehavin’, June 5-July 5, 2015:
The popular revue of music by Thomas
“Fats” Waller won the 1978 Tony for best
musical. In this tn'bute to black musicians of
the 19203 and ’30s, singers perform a selec—
tion of songs, including “The Joint is Jump-
in’ ” and the title tune, that reflect the era of
the Harlem Renaissance.
I Dinner with Friends, June 19—July 19,
2015: Donald Margulies’ 2000 Pulitzer
prize-winning play is a tale of how the
passing of time and the ebb and flow of
passion affect us. With comic and dramatic
moments, “Dinner with Friends” offers in-
sight into the changing nature of friendship
and romance.
I Clybourne Park, Aug. 7- Sept. 6, 2015:
Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin
in the Sun,” Bruce Norris uses comedy to
explore the issues of race and community.
Mad Cow’s production of the 2012 Tony
winner for best play will be only the second
in Central Florida
I Tribes, Aug. 21- Sept. 20, 2015: This mod-
ern play by British writer— director Nina
Raine tells an inspiring story as the deaf
child of an eccentric English family finds
confidence and love. For its off—Broadway
production in 2012, “Tribes” won the
Drama Desk Award for outstanding play.
Mad Cow Theatre is at 54 W. Church St,
Orlando. For more information, call
407-297-8788.