When Gremlin Theatre lost the lease on its University Avenue space last year, many expressed concern over the critically acclaimed company's future. Those with an understanding of the troupe's history knew better than to worry. Gremlin Theatre's very first production, after all, was staged in a restaurant basement in Crystal. Subsequent years would find the troupe performing at innumerable borrowed spaces before achieving residency, first at the Loading Dock Theater in Lowertown St. Paul, followed by their recent home. As a nod to its nomadic roots, Gremlin Theatre has re-emerged with one of the more intriguing shows of the spring, a site-specific production of Tennessee Williams's A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur staged in the studio space adjacent to Open Eye Figure Theatre. Frequently overlooked in Williams's oeuvre, the one-act work is an aching character study of four women, each of whom copes with loneliness in her own private fashion. The intimacy of the piece benefits close quarters, as audiences (capped at a maximum of 40 per performance) will be granted an unnervingly up-close view of the play's emotional combativeness. Tasked with drawing out the work's carefully layered personas is a talented, four-woman cast of Suzanne Warmanen, Sara Richardson, Jane Froiland, and Noe Tallen. Directed by Jef Hall-Flavin, Creve Coeur boldly reasserts Gremlin Theatre's place as a creative leader in the Twin Cities, even without a permanent address. Visit www.gremlin-theatre.org for reservations and more information.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Starts: March 13. Continues through March 23, 2014