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Picnic

A Summer Romance

At The Pyrle Theater - Greensboro

About

Picnic

 

by William Inge 
directed by Preston Lane

September 6 – 27, 2009

The greatest risk is love.
It’s a peaceful time for a quiet Kansas town in the early 1950s and summer is drawing to a close with the excitement of the annual Labor Day picnic. But the sudden arrival of Hal Carter, a handsome young drifter, stirs the emotions of a group of neighbors as he develops an instant attraction with Madge, one of the most beautiful girls in town. As Hal hides deep insecurities with grand shows of bravado, Madge is torn between her heart and her head in this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama where passions turn one small community upside down.

 

Showtimes

2009
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MON
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WED
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FRI
SAT
Sun, Sep 67:30pm
Sep 7
Tue, Sep 87:30pm
Wed, Sep 97:30pm
Thu, Sep 107:30pm
Fri, Sep 117:30pm
Sat, Sep 127:30pm
Sun, Sep 137:30pm
Sep 14
Tue, Sep 157:30pm
Wed, Sep 167:30pm
Thu, Sep 177:30pm
Fri, Sep 187:30pm
Sat, Sep 197:30pm
Sun, Sep 207:30pm
Sep 21
Tue, Sep 227:30pm
Wed, Sep 237:30pm
Thu, Sep 247:30pm
Fri, Sep 257:30pm
Sat, Sep 267:30pm
Sun, Sep 277:30pm
Sep 28
Sep 29
Sep 30
Oct 1
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Oct 3

News & Reviews Picnic

Reviews:

Picnic at Triad Stage is a Triumph
Theatre North Carolina
September 15, 2009

I'm sorry to say that I was not familiar with William Inge's masterpiece PICNIC. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend the opening night performance of Triad Stage's production of this "summer romance".

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Reviews:

Triad Stage's Picnic Is a Superb Rendition of a Theater Classic
Classical Voice of North Carolina
September 11, 2009

Staging a period production is always a challenge: modernizing it inflicts change, and audiences don’t always like change; keeping the integrity of the era in which it was written runs the risk of seeming old-fashioned and stilted.

Triad Stage’s Picnic manages to overcome both challenges: while keeping the feel and face of the 1950s, when William Inge wrote the play, Triad Stage artistic director Preston Lane has made the show as fresh and titillating as a work wet off the press.

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News:

Sod Story: NC Picnic, Opening Sept. 11, Comes Complete With Layer of Grass
Playbill.com
September 11, 2009

Theatregoers at Triad Stage's revival of Williams Inge's Picnic, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama set over a hot Labor Day weekend, have been getting to their seats by crunching across a carpet of dead sod.

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Reviews:

PICNIC: Triad Stage Kicks Off New Season!
Community Arts Cafe: Greensboro Edition
September 11, 2009

Triad Stage has opened their “Season Together” with a winner! Their production of William Inge’s “Picnic” was energetic and moving, comedic and heartbreaking, much like the human condition.

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News:

'Picnic' gets a perfect setting: real (dead) grass
GoTriad Greensboro News & Record
September 10, 2009

GREENSBORO — Howard C. Jones designs big dreams.

So when the Triad Stage scenic designer envisioned a lawn for his set of William Inge's drama, "Picnic," he naturally pictured real grass.

But not a lush, plush lawn.

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