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South of Broadway presents ‘The Sisters Rosenweig’

  • Sunday, October 6, 2013

Actors (foreground to back) Linda Eisen, Lynda Harvey-Carter and Lynda Esposito star in South of Broadway’s production of “The Sisters Rosensweig.” PHOTO PROVIDED

The three eccentric, ambitious and funny sisters Rosensweig gather in a posh London townhouse to celebrate a birthday and lots of unexpected fireworks ensue.

“The Sisters Rosensweig” centers on three accomplished American Jewish sisters who reunite for a birthday dinner where unexpected guests, romance and sibling rivalry set off unexpected land mines and unexpectedly sky rockets the evening’s entertainment.

The late Pulitzer Prize-winner Wendy Wasserstein received the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in American Theatres for this play and is one of America’s best loved playwrights.

Fun Fact: In South of Broadway’s production the ‘Sisters’ are all played by actresses named Linda (or Lynda). They are played by the highly accomplished and local favorites: Linda Eisen, Linda Esposito and Linda Harvey-Carter.

The play is directed by South of Broadway’s (SOBTC) Artistic Director, Mark Gorman, whose work consistently receives high praise. Past accomplishments includes “Season to Season” (co-production with Contemporary Theatre Lab), “The Last Flapper,” “More Fun Than Bowling,” “Gideon’s Knot” and most recently “No Exit”.

“Mark Gorman is clearly expert at knowing how to use every inch of the stage from an infinite number of angles.” - Charlestontoday.net, Carol Furtwangler, 9/13

The sisters Rosensweig are three extraordinary Brooklyn-born Jewish women. Sara is managing director of the European branch of an international bank and she lives an ostensibly happy, man-free-life in London with her intelligent daughter, Tess. Pfeni is an eccentric travel writer who pursues an unsatisfactory relationship with Geoffrey, a bisexual theatre director. And Gorgeous (the role for which Madeline Kahn won a Tony in the 1993 Broadway production) has the perfect husband and family in Massachusetts, where she pursues a “funsy” career as an advice-giving radio show host.

When the sisters meet up at Sara’s house in Holland Park, London to celebrate her 54th birthday, reawakened familial bonds cause each women to confront her past and her future. This self-exploration is sometimes painful, but the reunion is made very interesting by the arrival of the New Yorker, Merv, a furrier who takes a shine to Sara. Falling in love at 54 is not impossible, but who said it was meant to be easy?

The performances are at South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 E. Montague Avenue (in the Olde Village Park Circle Area), North Charleston Oct. 17, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, at 7:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20. All shows are $18.

Visit WWW.SouthofBroadway.com for tickets or call 843 745-0317 for more information.

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