SEASON 3 | 2018–2019

Melissa J. Marek (formerly Mayo) as Claire, Jenna Morris as Catherine and Malinda L. Beckham as Anna in Boston Marriage.
PHOTO BY GARY GRIFFIN

WRITTEN BY David Mamet
DIRECTED BY Linda Phenix

FEB 8 ‒ 23, 2019

MATCH | Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston

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RUNTIME: 2 hrs (including one 15-minute intermission)

Anna has received an enormous emerald from her married lover, as well as a stipend with which she intends to woo Claire, her longtime companion. But Claire is infatuated with a respectable young lady and wants to enlist the jealous Anna’s help for a rendezvous. When Claire's young inamorata appears, it sets off a crisis that puts both the valuable emerald and the women's futures at risk.

The Story

The Reason

MALINDA L. BECKHAM, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

When preparing our season, I read many plays and try to suss out the ones that challenge our organization and our artists. I look for material that is aligned with the DDTCo. mission and larger purpose: to entertain audiences, inspire artists, and honor playwrights. David Mamet’s Boston Marriage fits that bill. The play rallies on women, giving us the opportunity to taste and savor the words usually reserved for Mamet men. We are given a look at the more obtuse side of gender where women are written with characteristics usually reserved for their male counterparts. The play explores attitudes that transcend directly to today where expectations continue to meet resistance.

These three women relate to the world in which they have refused to become isolated in a time that required it to be so. They resist the boundaries of society and the restrictions of expectation. They exploit opportunities and capitalize on the weakness of others. Just like Mamet’s men. They are tender and rotten, strong and empty, longing and satisfied. They are conflicts in their own reality, standing firm in their own truth. They are who they are, and they want you to know it.

I have heard it said that Mamet wrote these women like men. I think he wrote them like women. If we look long enough, listen closely enough, and feel openly enough, we realize that women and men are equal in their depravity and joy. Our differences make us who we are as individuals, not genders.

Enjoy this very colorful, stripped down look at love and acceptance.

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“Superb acting on a decadent set”

Photos by Gary Griffin

The Reviews

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READ THE HOUSTON PRESS REVIEW

The rapport built between these actors – between Beckham and Mayo, and between Morris and the two – is truly the star of the show. Coming in second, though, is Beckham’s set.

READ THE COURIER REVIEW

To watch them turn language from a shield to a mace in the blink of an eye is to know the power and beauty beneath our constant fumbling for words.

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by Don Maines

"Anna and Claire, as 'more flamboyant,' artsy types, delight in gaming the patriarchy by pooling their resources (and their cunning resourcefulness) to live independently of a male protector."

The Reaction

..feels like a really fun alternative episode of Absolutely Fabulous.

...delightful, witty, and so fun to watch.

A compelling and endearing story told by an extraordinary cast. Don't miss it.

These guys pull out all the stops and nail it. Seriously, go see it. If you hate it, you have no taste and should stop seeing theater altogether.

We thoroughly enjoyed this production... The dialogue was filled with wit and double entendre and supported the development of two believable female protagonists. Thank you, Dirt Dogs, for bringing it to Houston..

The Boston Marriage Team

CAST

Melissa J. Marek

Claire

Jenna Morris

Catherine

CREATIVE TEAM

Malinda L. Beckham

Scenic & Costume Design

Linda Phenix

Director

Lydia Meadows

Assistant Director

Kris Phelps

Lighting Design

Ananka Kohnitz

Scenic Associate

Elizabeth Nguyen

Sound Design, Light & Sound Operator

CREW

John Baker

Associate Production Manager

Malinda L. Beckham

Anna

Gary Griffin

Photographer

Barbara Alicea-Aponte

Production Stage Manager

Santiago Sepeda

Technical Director

Jeanette Ellis

Seamstress

Mark Lewis

Production Manager