Valley Players’ “The Lover” is entertaining, amusing and deep

Valley Players’ “The Lover” is entertaining, amusing and deep

In the News, The Lover at Bay Area Stage Theater
The Daily Republic Review, Tony Wade, September 8, 2017

VALLEJO — I’m always excited when a new theater company springs forth on the local scene. I’ve had the good fortune to see a few, including On the Fringe, The Left Hand Theatre Co. and once fledgling, now veteran Bay Area Stage.

Valley Players is a brand spankin’ new company that has as its mission “empowering women over 40 through the theater arts.”

What impressed me the most about Valley Players’ production of “The Lover,” presented at Bay Area Stage’s Broadway Theatre in Vallejo, was how polished and well-presented the production was. They had a three-day run in Napa this year, but it came across more like they had performed it for at least three months. Kudos to director Debbie Baumann. Continue reading “Valley Players’ “The Lover” is entertaining, amusing and deep”

Many opportunities to fall in love with Pinter’s ‘The Lover’

Many opportunities to fall in love with Pinter’s ‘The Lover’

In the News, The Lover at Bay Area Stage Theater
The Daily Republic Feature, Amy Maginnis-Honey, August 25, 2017

VALLEJO — Fall in love with “The Lover” again, as the Valley Players bring the Harold Pinter show to Vallejo for a three-week run.

The Valley Players did three performances of the quirky show in January at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center in Yountville

Debbie Baumann is at the helm again. June Alane Reif, Richard Pallaziol and Walter Hamlin reprise their roles and are joined by Robert Silva. Continue reading “Many opportunities to fall in love with Pinter’s ‘The Lover’”

The Lover by Harold Pinter

The Lover by Harold Pinter

The Lover at Bay Area Stage Theater

Don’t miss the show the Napa Register called “superbly ironic” and “elegantly smooth”!

Valley Players is pleased to announce that they will be reprising their production of Harold Pinter’s The Lover for six performances on September 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th at 8pm and September 3rd, 10th & 17th at 3pm at Bay Area Stage Broadway Theater in Vallejo.

The Lover is a quirky, tense, intriguing play by Harold Pinter that examines the private intricacies of modern marriage. To all outward appearances, Sarah and Richard are a respectable, conventional suburban couple. Behind closed doors, however, the couple enjoys a surprising and intriguing arrangement… Like any of Pinter’s works, this one-act contains the laughs, tears, and tensions that arise from the social intricacies of modern life.

June Alane Reif and Richard Pallaziol, The Lover by Harold Pinter, Valley Players, Napa Valley, CaliforniaDirected by Debbie Baumann and featuring June Alane Reif, Richard Pallaziol, Robert Silva and Walter Hamlin, The Lover is recommended for adult audiences only.

Here’s what our Yountville audience had to say:

“Performed with panache and assurance.”—Evy Warshawski

“…excellent play, don’t miss it… I can assure you, it is a total enjoyment!!”—Maricela Soria

 “THE LOVER is a mind-bending expose on how couples can play naughty little games – smokin’ hot!”—Cata Parkhurst

“The acting was sublime, the directing and staging superb.”—Bonnie Gamble

 “Extraordinary performance from the cast.”—Robert Fisher

Tickets are available online at https://goo.gl/Y51VT4 or at the door on the days of performances beginning one hour before showtime.

Bay Area Stage Broadway Theater is located at 515 Broadway Street Suite H, Vallejo, CA 94590
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The Lover is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Reactions to The Lover

Reactions to The Lover

The Lover at Bay Area Stage Theater

June Alane Reif and Richard Pallaziol, The Lover by Harold Pinter, Valley Players, Napa Valley, California“Superbly ironic” and “elegantly smooth.” —Sasha Paulsen, Napa Valley Register

“…excellent play, don’t miss it… I can assure you, it is a total enjoyment!! ” —Maricela Soria

“What a fantastic play I saw last night! THE LOVER is a mind-bending expose on how couples can play naughty little games – smokin’ hot! Superb acting by the two lead players. It really makes you wonder who is cheating on who as they mess with each other and what a tangle it is! Who’s fantasy is who’s? The stage is grand with a swanky set up – beautifully directed and I can’t stop thinking about it! Well done Valley Players!” —Cata Parkhurst

“… loved it, loved it! The acting was sublime, the directing and staging superb. We felt like we were in the living room of this naughty and playful couple. There we’re surprises galore. What a great premiere for this new company of seasoned actors and their talented director and crew.” —Bonnie Gamble

“Extraordinary performance from the cast. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend that you look out for future shows from this group of seasoned actors.” —Robert Fisher