By Sandy Rustin
“Sometimes you just need a good laugh. If you’re feeling down, you might want to take the N train to 30th Avenue in Astoria and spend some time at The Cottage, Sandy Rustin’s very entertaining drawing-room comedy at the Astoria Performing Arts Center….The Cottage is funny. Genuinely funny. It is sure to put a smile on even the saddest person’s face.” -Theatermania.com
November 7-23, 2013
EQUITY APPROVED SHOWCASE
The Cottage is a rollicking farce inspired by the works of Noel Coward. Set in the English countryside in 1923, this tale of sex, betrayal and, oh yes, love, unfolds when Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her love affair to her husband and her lover’s wife. The true meanings of fate, identity and marriage are called into question as a surprising, hilarious web of secrets unravels in this ridiculous—and potentially murderous—romantic comedy.
The Cottage was selected as part of Midtown Direct Rep’s 2013 Theatre in the Loft Series (The New York Times calls Midtown Direct Rep “the place to discover the next great play”). The staged reading was directed by Adam Dannheisser, and featured Catherine Brunell (Mary Poppins), Bradley Dean (Evita), Stephanie Kurtzuba (Billy Elliot) and Jamie Laverdiere (Motown).
This program is supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and NYSCA.
Inside The Cottage
“Playwright Sandy Rustin’s script is pitch-perfect, its whole tone and structure completely in keeping with the Noel Coward style and polished to a high shine…The gags are abundant, the laughs equally so, the attitude light and the outcome pleasing as punch. The Cottage makes for a very agreeable, surprisingly thoughtful, completely charming evening.” -Woman Around Town
“The Cottage sparkles with humor and charm…one would assume it was a long lost masterpiece of Noel Coward’s…the audience in stitches from the beginning of the twisting, turning plot to the splendid climax…Rustin deserves further praise for her uncanny way with words, engaging story, true understanding of the style in which she was writing and the era she was writing about, and her razor-sharp humor.” -Queens Gazette
“It is oh so civilized, and oh so very funny…Rustin said she wanted to write a play that followed the rules and structure of a Coward comedy, but provided stronger roles for the women in the cast. At last week’s world premiere, it’s clear Rustin more than accomplished her goal.” -Times Ledger
“Buoyed by a provocative, farcical script and strong performances, The Cottage production gushes with lust and decadence. Recommended if you enjoy productions brimming with booze, cigarettes, sex…” -Maxamoo
“A fabulously fresh farce by playwright Sandy Rustin.” -Queens Courier
“A story of big personalities, well-earned laughs, and hidden connections revealed at dramatically opportune moments, The Cottage is fueled by witty dialogue [and] lots of humor…All these elements spin up into a delightful farce impressively true to the tradition it co-opts.” -Blog Critics