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THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT Takes the Stage at Falcon Theatre

FT_Lifespan of a Fact logoTHE BATTLE OF FACTS VERSUS TRUTH

THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT BY JEREMY KARAKEN, DAVID MURRRELL & GORDON FARRELL TAKES THE STAGE AT FALCON THEATRE

“…buoyantly literate…wholly resonant questions [are] wrestled with in this briskly entertaining play…you’ll find yourself happy to have your preconceptions disturbed and assumptions unsettled.” —Washington Post

PRODUCTION RUNS JANUARY 27 THROUGH FEBRUARY 11, 2023

(Newport, KY) — Falcon Theatre begins 2023 with the 2018 Broadway hit, The Lifespan of a Fact.

The Lifespan of a Fact soberly examines the question, “Are truth and fact necessarily the same thing?” When magazine intern Jim Fingal is assigned to fact-check a piece by renowned writer John D’Agata, battle lines are quickly drawn. Fingal’s eye for factual detail contrasts starkly with the more seasoned author’s goal of telling the most compelling story…a story not perfectly aligned with the facts of the incident on which it is based.

The 2018 Broadway opening of The Lifespan of a Fact featured Daniel Radcliff, Bobby Cannavale and Cherry Jones.

This resonant, timely, and challenging production is directed by Ed Cohen and features a cast that includes Susan Jung, Christopher Wells and Jay Woffington.

Performances are January 27, 28, and February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 2023. All performances at 8:00 PM. Ticket prices are $28 for adults and $15 for students with valid ID. Visit falcontheater.net for details and to reserve your seats.

Health and Safety Information
In keeping with our policy of putting safety first and also responding to national and local health and safety guidelines, Falcon will no longer require vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests of our patrons. Masks are welcome and strongly recommended, but not required. Please read through all our health and safety guidelines here for full details, which will be updated with all the latest changes so check back before coming to the theater to ensure you understand the current safety guidelines.

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THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT Runs Jan. 27-Feb. 11

FT_Lifespan of a Fact logoTHE LIFESPAN OF A FACT
Falcon Theatre
Jan. 27-Feb. 11
Newport

Directed by Ed Cohen

Cast: Jay Woffington as John DAgata, Susan Jung as Emily Penrose & Christopher Wells as Jim Fingal

Jim Fingal is a fresh-out-of-Harvard fact checker for a prominent but sinking New York magazine. John D’Agata is a talented writer with a transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy—an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. When Jim is assigned to fact check D’Agata’s essay, the two come head to head in a comedic yet gripping battle over facts versus truth.

  • Fri-Sat, Jan. 27-28 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, Feb. 2-4 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, Feb. 9-11 at 8pm

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BETRAYAL Runs Nov. 18-Dec. 4

FT_Betrayal logoBETRAYAL
Falcon Theatre
Nov. 18-Dec. 4
[Newport] 

Directed by Becca Howell

Cast: Samantha Joy Luhn as Emma, Aaron Whitehead as Robert, David Derringer as Jerry & Lisa Dirkes as Waiter

The play begins in the present, with the meeting of Emma and Jerry, whose adulterous affair of seven years ended two years earlier. Emma’s marriage to Robert, Jerry’s best friend, is now breaking up, and she needs someone to talk to. Their reminiscences reveal that Robert knew of their affair all along and, to Jerry’s dismay, regarded it with total nonchalance. Thereafter, in a series of contiguous scenes, the play moves backward in time, from the end of the Emma-Jerry affair to its beginning, throwing into relief the little lies and oblique remarks that, in this time-reverse, reveal more than direct statements, or overt actions, ever could.

  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 18-19 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 25-26
  • Thu-Sat, Dec. 1-3 at 8pm

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MONSTERMANIA Runs Oct. 28-30

FT_Monstermania logoMONSTERMANIA
Falcon Theatre
Oct. 28-30
[Newport]

Directed by Gina Kleesattel
Music directed by Sherry McCamley

Cast: Diana Fye Rogers as Maggie, Torie Pate as Lawanda, Lesley Taylor as Glinda, Imani Derden as Red, Leanne Greenberg as Granny, Deb Schubert as June Dracula, Wayne Wright as Ward Dracula, Dylan VanCamp as Jack & Zak Kelley as Frankie

Here’s a first for Falcon Theater – a Halloween show for kids! A children’s theatre musical comedy with a cast of characters including three witches who hate to clean, two vampires who like to bake, Little Red Riding Hood all grown up, her Granny (a high-powered real estate broker),a teenage werewolf pizza delivery guy, and a Frankenstein-like monster who wants to be a famous rap star. Lively songs and action sure to please kids and adults alike! Bring the family and feel free to wear your costume!

  • Fri, Oct. 28 at 7pm
  • Sat, Oct. 29 at 4pm & 7pm
  • Sun, Oct. 30 at 2pm & 4pm

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THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE Quick Review

THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE presented by Falcon Theatre through Oct. 8. I attended the opening night performance. 

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Tracy Schoster as Heartha Ayrton & Tara Williams as Marie Curie.

Falcon Theatre kicks off their season with a work by the prolific and oft-produced playwright Lauren Gunderson. This two-person show features Tara Williams as the titular character and Tracy Schoster as fellow scientist and friend, Heartha Ayrton.

The two have an easy chemistry and their personal years-long friendship serves their onstage relationship well as Heartha rushes to her friend’s side during one of the darkest times in Curie’s life. With Ayrton having the stronger personality, I did feel there were times, particularly in their first scene together, where she was talking “at” instead of “to” her friend. I’m all about the snark, but the tone could have been lightened here and there.

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Tara Williams as Marie Curie.

There were times when the blocking became a bit stagnant with extended periods of sitting, especially in the first scene that was confined to a small play space.

Of the Gunderson plays I have seen, this script lacks the depth I am used to finding in her other works. Perhaps it is because this is a commissioned work and was not created as organically. With only two characters, aside from a well-acted disagreement halfway through the performance, there is little conflict between the two, resulting in grievances aired against those not present.

A couple of choices did impact my ability to be pulled into the story. While I’m not expecting expensive and elaborate time-period appropriate costumes, Ayrton’s styling and costume seem to be decades outside of the time frame of the play. I also question the decision to forego the use of accents. In this day of representation, it seems ill-advised to eliminate an integral part of each character’s identity, in a way “Americanizing” their story.

Overall, an interesting, solidly performed, but at times flawed, look at two turn-of-the-century scientific pioneers.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

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