Commentary
9:52 am
Mon April 14, 2014

At Play: All’s Fair In Love And War (Paint)

    

Opening this Wednesday at Wichita Community Theater, it’s Samuel A. Taylor’s Sabrina Fair. Sabrina Fairchild is the daughter of a chauffeur to the wealthy Larrabee family, who live in a mansion on the North Shore of Long Island. Returning from a stay in Paris after working as the private secretary to the “Assistant Economic Commissioner Office of Special Representative for Europe Economic Cooperation Administration, she presents herself as a young woman of beauty, charm, incredible sophistication and zest for living, so different from the domestic’s daughter the family had largely ignored. She proclaims her desire “to do everything and see everything, sense everything; to know that life is an enormous experience and must be used. To be in the world, and of the world, and never stand aside and watch.”

Wichita Center for the Arts presentsWar Paint April 16-20. The play tells the story of a young girl from the Muskogee-Creek Nation attempting to prove herself in college but facing a steep personal crisis. A death in her family and a unique Anthropology assignment force her to rediscover her true heritage as she alienates others, tries her family’s patience, and finds love along the way. The stories relevancy lies in the cultural limbo faced by American Indians often torn between mainstream society and the desire to carry on the traditions of their people.

Now through April 26, the Crown Uptown presents I Love A Piano. I Love A Piano is the celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin. It follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present. Along the way, the story comes to vibrant life with over sixty of Irving Berlin’s most beloved songs, including classics such as “Blue Skies,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” and of course,”I Love A Piano”