'Becky Shaw' is a bad date that entertains

Show opens at Le Chat on Feb. 10

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If your Valentine’s Day plans include watching a sentimental love story, then you should probably stick to the Hallmark Channel and not head to Le Chat Noir, which will be presenting the play Becky Shaw.

“It’s your typical blind date gone wrong,” director Doug Joiner said about the play that will be staged at 8 p.m. Feb. 10-11, 14 and 16-18. Well, maybe not so typical, unless your blind dates involve visits to the police station.

And typical can never be used to describe any of the Valentine’s Day offerings directed by Joiner at Le Chat Noir.

In February 2008, Joiner directed Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who is Sylvia? about a married, middle-age architect who falls in love with a goat.

“I love The Goat,” said Joiner.

Becky Shaw was written in 2008 by Gina Gionfriddo, who also writes for the television show Law & Order. The play is about people from different backgrounds and blends comedy, drama and some intrigue.

Joiner said the show has received rave reviews wherever it has been performed over the past few years, and he expects Le Chat audiences to enjoy it as well.

Part of what drew him to the play was its dialogue.

“The writing is sharp,” he said. “It is extremely funny. It’s the closest to a sitcom dramedy I’ve done.”

While it may have its not-so-typical moments, Joiner said there are elements of the show that many people should find relatable. After all, he said, most people have had friends or family meddling in their love lives.

ONSTAGE

WHAT: Becky Shaw

WHEN: 8 p.m. Feb. 10-11, 14, 16-18

WHERE: Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.

DETAILS: $15-$30; (706) 722-3322, www.lcnaugusta.com


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