Theater, City Picks

Simply Divided

When: Aug. 19-21 and Aug. 26-28 2010

Some girls might think it’s tough to find a man in Charleston. It’s like the numbers are skewed against us. But what if all the men started to up and leave? “Think Steel Magnolias crossed with Desperate Housewives,” says Theatre \verv\ founder and director JC Conway about the world premiere of Simply Divided, the opening production of the company’s latest season. When Georgia playwright Jeff Lovett sent Conway the script, “I was immediately drawn to the approachability of it,” he says. “The play is well written, but the most important thing for us at \verv\ is that the characters are compelling and interesting.” The play follows a group of single women living in Simply, Ala., a town that most of the male population was forced to abandon in search of work. When a young single man moves to town and stumbles upon the women in the Simply Delicious Diner, the ladies begin to compete for his affection. “What I have found, with JC’s direction, is that this play honors typical small-town Southern characters without exploiting them as silly stereotypes. It is a fun romp, yes, but it allows them to be real people,” says Melanie Leigh Cason, one of the play’s stars. “I also like the fact that the playwright, Jeff Lovett, presents multiple issues such as friendship, aging, beauty, motivation, economics, mental illness, and acceptance.” —Susan Cohen

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