Don't miss the comedy of the year, As Bees in Honey Drown by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Rinda Frye. Alexa Vere de Vere is the queen bee around whom all the "hot young things of the moment" buzz, hoping to taste the honey of fame. She's self-created from bits and pieces of famous and beloved female characters in great movies from the '40's, '50's and 60s. And to keep her image impeccably intact, she preys on the insecurities of others by promising them wealth, art and fame, if only for a short while. Is she a talent agent for film? A record producer? The manager for a hot rock band? Or is she a charlatan, just too good to be true? In any case, she'll make you laugh and think about America's fascination with celebrity.
Amy Grant, who plays Alexa as her thesis role for a Masters in Fine Arts, takes to the character with gusto. "This is the kind of part that comes along once in a lifetime. I'm very lucky to be able to play her." This is not the first time that Ms. Grant has worked with director Frye. Amy began her career in theatre as a student in an acting for non-majors course. She auditioned for The Seagull, also directed by Rinda Frye, and was bitten by the acting bug. She changed her major when she was cast in a small part. "One of the wonderful things about doing "Bees" for my thesis role is that I feel I've come full circle. I started in theatre working with Rinda and performing on the Playhouse stage; it seems fitting to /files/storyimages/my work at the university in the same way." (Playhouse)
As Bees in Honey Drown runs March 1-5 at 8 p.m. nightly (Wednesday through Sunday) with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee in the Playhouse, on Cardinal Blvd. where 2nd and 3rd streets meet. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $9 for seniors and University of Louisville faculty and staff and $7 for students. For more information, call the box office at 502-852-6814.
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