Lyric Arts gears up for comedy with ‘Becky’s New Car’

Lyric Arts shifts into gears to present “Becky’s New Car,” a comedy about mid-life crisis.

Bill Marshall of Minneapolis (Walter Flood), left to right, Kirsten Sawyer of Anoka (Becky Foster) and Ryan James Coble of Ramsey (Joe Foster) perform in Lyric Arts’ “Becky’s New Car.” Matt McNabb and Kate Beahan (not pictured) from the Anoka area are also part of the cast. The show opens Jan. 11 and runs through Jan. 27. Photo courtesy of Christine Bruin

Bill Marshall of Minneapolis (Walter Flood), left to right, Kirsten Sawyer of Anoka (Becky Foster) and Ryan James Coble of Ramsey (Joe Foster) perform in Lyric Arts’ “Becky’s New Car.” Matt McNabb and Kate Beahan (not pictured) from the Anoka area are also part of the cast. The show opens Jan. 11 and runs through Jan. 27. Photo courtesy of Christine Bruin

The show, written by Stephen Dietz, rolls on to the Main Street Stage Jan. 11 and runs through Jan. 27.

Becky is a bored, middle-aged housewife. Her mundane existence in a Seattle, Wash., suburb leaves her filled with desire to “shake up” life a bit. To her surprise, she suddenly finds herself leading a double life with a socially inept million-dollar client – and about to spin out of control.

“I think we’ve all daydreamed about how our life would be different if we’d made a different choice,” said director Bob Neu. “The show is unique in that it inventively combines serious subject matter with wickedly funny characters. It is extremely relatable and breaks a lot of rules on what a typical genre contains.”

Neu, one of two resident directors this season at Lyric Arts, returns to the Anoka theater where he last directed the romantic comedy “Almost Maine” in 2011.

Lyric Arts presents “Becky’s New Car,” Jan. 11-Jan. 27. Tickets $12-$22. Opening night gala, $18 over price of a ticket. Page & Stage event Jan. 20 sponsored by the Anoka County Library. The theater is at 420 E. Main St., Anoka. For more information, visit www.lyricarts.org or call 763-422-1838.

 
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