Humble Boy, a dramatic comedy by British playwright Charlotte Jones, premiers in southwest Florida on March 26 at the Sugden Community Theatre in downtown Naples. The Naples Players production of this London Critics’ Circle “Best New Play” of its year is presented in the Tobye Studio, and runs through April 19.
Directed by Paul Graffy, Humble Boy presents a scintillating flow of language to tell the story of a widowed mother (Carole Fenstermacher) and her theoretical astrophysicist son (Matt Flynn). The London Times wrote of this work: “The play itself is a quintessence of skill.”
“Like Hamlet,” Graffy writes in his program notes, “Humble Boy is a rich study of family relationships, dysfunction, mother and sons, and the meaning of life. Like the beautiful English garden that Humble Boy is set in, seeds are carefully planted, bees pollinate, sun shines, air breathes, rain waters, and the Humble garden grows but it is love, the great unifier that heals. It is love that transcends all dimensions and to which we say eureka.”
Performances are March 26 through April 19, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for students, and may be obtained on-line at www.naplesplayers.org, by phone at 239 263-7990 or in person at The Naples Players Box Office at 701 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples.