The Rising Action Theatre is billing its new play, The Sum of Us, in terms that could be bait for incest fetishists. According to the theaters website, the play is a love story... a love story about a widowed father and his gay son, whos trying to find Mr. Right. But, as Rising Action clarifies, theres nothing Oedipal about The Sum of Us, an off-Broadway hit with a film spinoff starring Russell Crowe. Written by Australian playwright David Stevens and directed at Rising Action by Steven Chambers, its the tale of a young gay guy and his standoffish dad, whos scaring off his sons prospective lover. The dad has a lover of his own, a conservative woman from a dating site. She, in turn, is repelled by the idea of a gay son. It may not be Oedipal, but its certainly complex.
The Sum of Us plays at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and at 7 p.m. Sundays until May 30 at Rising Action Theatre (840 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $35 to $60. Call 954-561-2225, or visit risingactiontheatre.com.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: April 23. Continues through May 30, 2010