The comedic drama, “The Night of the Iguana,” explores what can happen when everyone’s about to crack. The production is showing at the Lewiston Civic Theatre in Lewiston.“It’s a show about people on the edge of falling apart,” said Jef Peterson, the show’s director.
The show is set in 1940 at a seaside hotel in Mexico, where former American minister T. Lawrence Shannon (Mason Clark) works as a tour guide after losing his position at his church in Virginia. While there, he is accused of having an improper relationship with a tour party member, the young Charlotte Goodall (Becki Tank), and is of romantic interest to Maxine Faulk (Carrie DeBerard), the recently widowed hotel owner. The show explores the relationship that forms between Shannon and Hannah Jelkes (Emily Akin), a traveling artist who is accompanied her dying grandfather, Nonno (Al Hawley).
“It shows a universal experience, those places where we find ourselves unable to get through without the people around us,” Peterson said.
The nonmusical show has moments of humor, but is “definitely a drama,” Peterson said. It’s rated PG-13 for adult themes. While the show has no foul language, Peterson explained that the content may be over the heads of younger audience members.
While the show deals with the darkness we all carry inside of us, Peterson said that for him the story also serves as a reminder that none of us are alone.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: “The Night of the Iguana”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today and April 8-9, 14-16 and 2 p.m. April 10 and 17
WHERE: Lewiston Civic Theatre, 805 Sixth Ave., Lewiston
COST: $14 adults, $12 seniors age 60 and older, $11 student with ID, $8 children 12 and younger. Tickets are available online at www.lctheatre.org or by calling the box office at (208) 746-3401.