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Two River Theater’s staging of ‘Earnest’ is absolutely delightful

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It’s always amazed me how insults delivered with an upper-class English accent don’t sound so harsh.

For instance, “I never saw anybody take so long to dress, and with such little result,” which appears in Act II of the laugh-a-minute  comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde.

Yes, Wilde was Irish, not English, and not upper class. As one of the best-known personalities of his day and one of the greatest wits of all time, his words held up a mirror to the rigid and, at times , severe class system of late Victorian England while writing one of the funniest plays ever. Continue reading Two River Theater’s staging of ‘Earnest’ is absolutely delightful

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‘Lion in Winter’ to roar at Two River Theater

Dee Hoty (Eleanor of Aquitaine) and Michael Cumpsty (Henry II) in "The Lion in Winter" at Two River Theater directed by Tyne Rafaeli, lighting by Jennifer Tipton, scenic Design by Kristen Robinson and costumes by Andrea Hood. (PHOTO: T Charles Erickson)
Dee Hoty (Eleanor of Aquitaine) and Michael Cumpsty (Henry II) in “The Lion in Winter” at Two River Theater directed by Tyne Rafaeli, lighting by Jennifer Tipton,
scenic Design by Kristen Robinson and
costumes by Andrea Hood. (PHOTO: T Charles Erickson)

Between them, actors Michael Cumpsty and Dee Hoty have been in 29 Broadway shows and earned four Tony Award nominations.

They pop up often as guest stars on TV shows filmed in and around the New York metro area, including “Blue Bloods,” “Law and Order,” “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary” and “Smash.” They also do the occasional feature films.

Asked what they prefer doing, the answer was a resounding “being on the stage,” especially in regional theaters such as the Two River Theater where they open tomorrow night in “The Lion in Winter” in the lead roles of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

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‘Lion in Winter’ opens tonight at 2River Theater

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Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Michael Cumpsty (The End of the RainbowHamlet) and three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty (FootlooseThe Best Little Whorehouse Goes PublicThe Will Rogers Follies) star as Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine in “The Lion in Winter” opening tonight at the Two River Theater in Red Bank.

Also in the cast of this American classic are Noah Averbach-Katz (John), KeiLyn Durrel Jones (Richard), Ronald Peet (Philip), Hubert Point-Du Jour (Geoffrey), and Madeleine Rogers (Alais).

The creative team for The Lion in Winter includes scenic designer Kristen Robinson, costume designer Andrea Hood, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, and sound designer Josh Schmidt. The hair and makeup design is by Dave Bova & J. Jarad Janas, the fight direction is by J. Steven White.

Performances continue through Sunday, Dec. 4 in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org.

2 River Theater reveals 2016-17 season with classics, and new works

Two River Theater tonight announced its 2016-2017 season, which  includes Michael Cumptsy as Henry II in “The Lion in Winter” and Ruben Santiago-Hudson directing August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”  Cumpsty and Santiago-Hudson, comfortable on NYC stages, bring their Broadway level work to regional theaters. Both men are returning to what they consider their second home which 2River fans are happy about.

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Actor Michael Cumpsty shows ‘slap-sticky’ side at Two River Theater

Image, from left, Michael Cumpsty (Ronald), Mary Birdsong (Marion), Scott Drummond  (Geoffrey) and Liz Wisan (Eva) in Absurd Person Singular at Two River Theater.
From left, Michael Cumpsty (Ronald), Mary Birdsong (Marion), Scott Drummond (Geoffrey) and Liz Wisan (Eva) in Absurd Person Singular at Two River Theater. (T Charles Erickson Photography)

“English” actor Michael Cumpsty has only appeared once in a professional theater production in the country where he was born. The rest of his career in major movies, major TV series and major Broadway plays and musicals has been on this side of the Atlantic.

The Tony-nominated actor currently is appearing at Red Bank’s Two River Theater in the six-character ensemble comedy “Absurd Person Singular” through Feb. 1.

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