Meteor Shower by Steve Martin
The Roger Williams University Performing Arts Center continues its Barn Summer Playhouse Season with Steve Martin’s wild and crazy play, Meteor Shower. The New York Times praised the comedy, stating, “Mr. Martin is peerless at crafting tiny wit bombs, and always has been … It’s definitely funny!”
Meteor Shower will be performed at the Roger Williams University Performing Arts Center, also known as “The Barn,” at 1 Old Ferry Rd., Bristol, R.I., on Friday and Saturday July 19 and 20, and Thursday through Saturday, July 25-27 at 7:30 p.m., together with one Sunday matinee on July 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general audiences, $10 for seniors and $5 for students, and are available now by calling 401-254-3666. Please be advised that the play contains strong language and adult situations.
Get ready for the unexpected when Norm and his wife Corky invite another couple to their Ojai, Calif., backyard to watch a meteor shower in the night sky. As the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, cocktails flow, tempers flare, and sparks fly—literally! Steve Martin’s surprising new comedy takes an offbeat and absurdist look at the comic anxiety lurking just beneath the surface of modern marriage. In 2018, Meteor Shower was nominated for three Drama League Awards, and Amy Schumer was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play at the 72nd Tony Awards for her portrayal of Corky.
“While people think of Steve Martin as the ‘wild and crazy guy’ of Saturday Night Live or his early film roles, he is also a very funny and witty writer, attuned to all the nuances and contradictions of contemporary culture,” says Jeffrey Martin, Meteor Shower’s director. “His writing is both hilariously funny and zingingly insightful; a mix of Ionesco and Edward Albee. As I read the script, I found myself laughing out loud and knew that, as funny as it was on paper, it would be even better on the stage. Martin is an actor who creates with performance in mind, and the result is a script that is both funny on the page but also cries out for actors to add all the physical comedy that the writing suggests.”