‘The Velocity of Autumn’ on stage in Chagrin Falls

What: “The Velocity of Autumn,” a funny and fiery play by Eric Coble

Where: Chagrin Valley Little Theater’s River Street Playhouse, 40 River St., Chagrin Falls

When: Weekends Oct. 12-27. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and a 2 p.m. matinee will be Oct. 21.

Why you should go: Cleveland native Coble is a prolific writer and member of the Cleveland Play House playwrights unit. His plays have been produced throughout the country and on four continents, earning him numerous awards, according to a news release. More notes on the show, from the release:

Actress Margo Parker plays Alexandra, a colorful octogenarian dealing with the ravages of aging and sparring with her family over where she will spend her remaining years. Fearing the worst, she has barricaded herself in her brownstone with what she thinks are enough Molotov cocktails to take out the city block. Adam V. Young plays her estranged son, Chris, who breaches her personal fortress by crawling through a second-story window. After twenty years of absence, he becomes his siblings’ unlikely mediator.

The River Street Playhouse production is the first community theatre production of the play, according to the show’s director Katharine Tonti. It premiered at the Beck Center for the Arts in 2011 and moved to Broadway in April 2014, where it earned actress Estelle Parsons a Best Actress Tony Award nomination.

How much: $13, available online at CVLT.org, by calling 440-247-8955 or visiting the box office at 40 River St. from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

How to get more information: Visit cvlt.org.


Image: Adam Young and Margo Parker rehearse a scene from “The Velocity of Autumn.” Image credit: Submitted

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