"Enchanted April" springs to life once again, this time in a Mad Cow Theatre production.
The female-bonding comedy got its start in 1922 as Elizabeth von Arnim's novel "The Enchanted April," a story of two frustrated housewives who flee bleak London for the warmth of Italy with a pair of unlikely traveling companions. The four women rediscover hope, love — and themselves —while on their unexpected holiday.
After just three years, the story was adapted for Broadway. A decade later, in 1935, it was adapted for film in an old RKO Radio production. A new film was made by acclaimed director Mike Nichols in 1992 — a full seventy years after the novel's publication. Miranda Richardson, Josie Lawrence, Polly Walker and Joan Plowright starred, with Richardson and Plowright winning Golden Globes for their work.
And the story was reborn again in 2003, when Matthew Barber created a new Broadway adaptation. That's the version that Mad Cow will present.
Directed by Aradhana Tiwari, who also directed Mad Cow's "The Road to Mecca," the local "Enchanted April" cast includes Elizabeth Dean, Tommy Keesling, Stephen Lima, Piper Patterson, Andrew Stark, Melanie Whipple and Karel K. Wright.
"Enchanted April" plays at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and Monday April 8, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through April 14. Tickets are $27-$34 with $2 discounts for seniors and students. The Monday show is $15.
Mad Cow Theatre is at 54 W. Church St., Orlando. For more information, call 407-297-8788 or go to madcowtheatre.com