Love and romance do not always come in the way we expect. There is love at first sight, or from meeting someone online nowadays. Love can even come from pursuing an affair for 25 years. Such is the case in Same Time, Next Year, a delightful romantic comedy that explores the complexity of discovering love, playing September 20-28 at Regional Theatre of the Palouse.
Written in 1975 by Bernard Slade, this Tony-nominated play opened to rave reviews on Broadway. The original Broadway production starred Ellen Burstyn and Charles Grodin; Burstyn won a Tony Award for Best Actress for her role as Doris in this play. The film adaptation premiered in 1978 with Burstyn reprising her role alongside Alan Alda; Burstyn went on to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress for this film.
The play, beginning in 1951 and ending in 1975, follows an accountant named George and a housewife named Doris who meet at an inn in Northern California. Despite the fact both he and she are married to others with children between them, they share a night of passion which naturally evolves to become a shared annual tryst. Over the course of 25 years, they discuss major life events, social changes happening around them, and the growing connection between the two of them. They discover a deeper and unexpected love for each other and must deal with what this means for their life outside the affair and the life they share together.
This terrifically funny play is filled with “delicious wit, compassion, a sense of humor and a feel for nostalgia” (The New York Times). Same Time, Next Year shows adults growing up and is one of the world’s most produced plays as it hilariously deals with morals, love, and change in the world. Save the date, Same Time, Next Year is a touching must-see romantic comedy.
RTOP’s performance of Same Time, Next Year playing September 20-28 is directed by theatre professional John Rich. Community members Trish Gardner and Ben Edgerton star as Doris and George.