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Florida Repertory Theatre reopens with new comedy

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As Hurricane Ian took its toll on the local community, Florida Repertory Theatre did not escape its wrath. However, after several weeks of flood remediation and repairs, Florida Rep’s Historic Arcade Theatre is now ready to welcome audiences to the first main stage production of its 25th anniversary season.
Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a new, situational comedy by Katie Forgette, opens Friday, Oct. 28 and runs through Nov. 13. As a gift to the community, Florida Rep is offering free admission for B-section seating at the 7 p.m. performance on Saturday, Oct. 29. Limited free seating available; advance reservations required.
“Our local community was battered by the storm, and like all of us at Florida Rep, has been working diligently to salvage, recover, and repair our properties in an attempt to return to ‘normal,’” said Greg Longenhagen, producing artistic director. “We think our friends and neighbors need a good laugh to lift their spirits and our production of Incident promises to do just that.”
Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help is set in 1973 and centers around the O’Sheas, a family just like any other in town: middle-class, Irish, Catholic, and well-behaved. Nineteen-year-old Linda is left to tell her younger sister about the birds and the bees, and chaos ensues when their parish priest overhears the bawdy details. Father Lovett confronts the family about the “corruption of their daughter’s soul,” and it takes every O’Shea to save the family name from public ridicule.
The production stars ensemble member David Breitbarth, Emma Geer, Gigi Lieze-Adams, Carine Montbertrand and Suzanne O’Donnell.
Ensemble member Chris Clavelli directs and is joined by an expert creative team including set designer Jim Hunter, costume designer Kim Griffin, lighting designer Julie Duro, sound designer Katie Lowe, and ensemble stage manager Audrey M. Brown.
Tickets are $63/$59 for regular performances, with discounted previews offered at $39/$35 on Oct. 25 – 27 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 239-332-4488 or toll-free at 877-787-8053 or by visiting www.floridarep.org.
Florida Repertory Theatre is located at 2268 Bay St. in historic downtown Fort Myers.

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