"How I Learned to Drive" hits Concord theatre April 25-28 (Arts & Entertainment)
The play “How I Learned to Drive” by Paula Vogel is chock full of everything a good play should have and some things some wouldn’t think a good play would have. It’s full of humor, sex, and some dark issues.
The play pans out in a series of events starting with a monologue from the main character only known as Li’l Bit. It goes from when Li’l bit is 17 about to enter college and bounces from her apparent present age of a full grown to even younger ages, as young as 11 years old. The story takes place mainly during the 60s when Li’l Bit is a teen.
I was lucky enough to be allowed to sit through a half-cue, half-lighting rehearsal to observe the play. The play runs about an hour and forty minutes and does not have an intermission. However, despite this long run time with no intermission it isn’t a hindrance to the audience at all. The play itself is double cast, meaning that each night the cast alternates. Whoever played lead roles the night before plays the supporting cast the next. This should add a bit of diversity to the play itself and will definitely lead to multiple attendances from show goers.
The story itself is captivating not in just seeing the growth of the relationship between Li’l Bit and her Uncle Peck but also seeing the interaction from other family members. To me this relationship was a bit awkward but very well played by the cast I saw.
I will warn you, this play is not for those who find stories about pedophilia and incest squeamish. However, this still shouldn’t be a deterrent. While this relationship is pretty much in your face the entire play, it isn’t over emphasized to the point of grotesqueness. There is also some coarse language and obviously some adult situations (sans nudity), so this is definitely not for kids.
Despite all of the above that may drive some viewers away, the play itself is very well put together and played out. Again, some of the themes while being taboo only enrich the story. You can practically feel the tension when Uncle Peck goes to see Li’l Bit on her eighteenth birthday. I’m quite anxious to see this production with both casts.
This play is comprised of theatre majors from all six of the theatre majors, which according to Dr. Gambill is the first time that’s ever happened for a play here at
The correct times that the play will be debuting are Wednesday April 25th and continue to be played through to the 28th at 8 p.m. in the
in the Fine Arts Building. Tickets will be available from the box office starting at 6 p.m. the night of a play and you must make reservations for them. You must make a reservation before 7:30 p.m. and it can be picked up anytime before 8 p.m. when the play starts. Paul Theatre