I saw a play last weekend that I’d like to recommend. It’s called 12 Chairs (not to be confused with the Russian story with a similar name), and it’s playing at Buttonwood Studios in the Callowhill or Loft District just north of Chinatown.
12 Chairs, a one-act play written by John O’Hara, tells the story of daughter Louise and her mother Ann from the time Louise is seven years old until Ann dies in a nursing home years later. While there is nothing extraordinary about these women’s lives, the play manages to be compelling, heartrending and humorous. The script is tightly written, the direction is expertly paced and the acting is a real treat.
The two actors who make up the cast, Marcia Ferguson and Amanda Schoonover take on an additional ten roles between them (besides the mother and daughter). Using a minimum of costumes and props, they bring the additional characters to life with their acting skill. And they are very skilled.
The set consists of 12 folding chairs on a low proscenium a few feet in front of the audience, and nothing more. The actors make the story come to life.
You still have time to see this production of 12 Chairs which has three performances left. You can buy tickets HERE.