Play requires little scenery

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A poignant love story spanning five decades will take center stage at a Valentine's Day weekend dinner theater benefit for Aiken Community Playhouse.

"It's funny and heartwarming," said Lisa Tharp, who plays Agnes, one of two characters in I Do, I Do, which will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12-14 at the Aiken Municipal Building.

Written by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, who composed The Fantasticks, I Do, I Do focuses on Agnes and Michael, played by Brad King. The story takes them from their wedding day through 50 years of life together and ends with their downsizing and moving from their home.

The plot covers their wedding-night jitters, rearing a family, fights, separation, reconciliation and ending up with an empty-nest, all in a single set -- Agnes and Michael's bedroom, with a four-poster bed one of the few set pieces.

"It was originally called The Four Poster, which is a good description," Ms. Tharp said.

The single set poses its own challenges.

"The challenge for us is everything happens on stage," she said.

Aging 50 years before the audience with no scene changes and almost no breaks is difficult. Despite the challenge, Ms. Tharp is glad to be part of the show.

"It is probably my favorite thing I've done," said Ms. Tharp, who has been in many musicals in Aiken and Augusta.

Tickets for I Do, I Do cost $45 and include dinner.

For more information, call (803) 648-1438.

Reach Charmain Brackett at charmain.brackett@augustachronicle.com.


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