BOATWRIGHT

 

by Patrick Tovatt

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A Bunbury World Premiere, the romantic comedy in two acts is in the old style --where the guy gets the girl or the girl gets the guy -- depending on your point of view. But, in this buoyant romp, the guy is a bit long in the tooth, and the girl is no spring chicken either. Recently retired to a ramshackle, out-of-the-way corner of waterfront, Ned is content to quietly pursue his three passions: building boats, writing songs and designing his own demise. A mysterious young customer in his boat shop abruptly catapults him into an entirely new life, full of music, love, and responsibilities.

Starring

Emmy Nominated Actor/ Patrick Tovatt

With

Alice King

Francis Whitaker

Set Design by Emmy Award Winning Designer/ David Weller

Lighting Design by Gerald Kean

Costume Design by Hannah Greene

Props by Bekah Aebersold

Dates and Times of Performances

April

19 - 7:30

20 - 7:30

22 - 2:00

26 - 7:30

27 - 7:30

28 - 7:30

29 - 2:00

 

Alice King, Francis Whitaker, & Patrick Tovatt in Boatwright. Photo: Bunbury

 

Boatwright

 

By Patrick Tovatt
Directed by Juergen Tossmann

 

Review by Leila Toba

 

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Boatwright is an original play written by and starring Emmy Nominated Actor Patrick Tovatt about an eccentric man getting up in years living in a humble abode where he spends his days writing and singing little ditties on his guitar and building boats. One day, a young man walks into his establishment and what was once a quiet and simple life is instantly turned on its head. With a set conceived by three-time Emmy award-winning designer David Weller, this play is gorgeous and makes the stage at this theater seem much larger than it is in real life while keeping the good taste to present it in a simple fashion appropriate to the material.

 

Ned (Tovatt) really sets the scene for the show, presenting himself as an old-fashioned curmudgeon, with a distaste for the modern world. His home is thoughtfully chosen around him, with tools hanging on one wall, and blush-worthy artwork hanging on another. He quickly endears himself to the audience in his interactions with Gage, (Francis Whitaker) who is fascinated with the art of building boats but works in IT. They teeter on the edge of a fight in their exchange but find themselves still willing to communicate. Much to Ned’s surprise in saunters Margo (Alice King), and revelations are made that will change all of their lives forever.

 

Tovatt is definitely at home with this misunderstood character, his penchant for a nostalgic Bohemian past constructing a lovable and complicated life that is rife with adventure and regret. King is effervescent on stage, playing carefully between two worlds; her wild past versus the sensible choices she has had to make. Whitaker is energetic and balances out this cast with enthusiasm and charm. Watching these three actors come together for this show was an absolute pleasure.

 

Juergen Tossmann has really outdone himself pulling together such a strong cast and crew to create this delightful show. It was a joy to watch from start to finish, full of laughs, second chances, and thoughtful writing from Tovatt that shows us that it’s never too late to get it back.