|Black comedy "Bright Ideas" lights up the Fire Hall Theatre|
The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre presents "Bright Ideas," Eric Cobel's gleeful, Macbeth-ian black comedy about the nurturing instinct gone haywire. The production runs Sept. 17-19 and 24-26 at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday Matinees Sept. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. All productions are at the Fire Hall Theatre in Downtown Grand Forks.
How far would you go for your child? For Genevra (Marie Strinden) and Joshua (Todd Chrzanowski) Bradley, the question is no longer hypothetical. Their three-year-old son, Mac, is next on the waiting list to get into the Bright Ideas Early Childhood Development Academy (despite the fact they registered him the day he was born), and everyone knows once you’re in there, your life will unfold with glorious ease.
Believe it or not: "A recent headline from Bloomberg News announced, "Manhattan Preschools Become Harder to Get Into Than Harvard"; an article in The New York Sun proclaimed, "Preschool Directors Balk at Toddler Resumes"; ABC's Nightline aired a two-part series, "Exclusive: Inside the Cutthroat Preschool Wars"; and the documentary film, "Nursery University", tracked five sets of parents as they applied to top New York nursery schools known as feeder schools to top primary schools, which feed into top high schools, which will get you into Harvard, Yale, Princeton or Columbia, and eventual positions of power around the world.
Everyone knows that attending a prestigious preschool is one’s ticket to a successful future and shining career; if he doesn’t get in, he’s doomed to a life of misery. So the fretting couple takes matters into their own hands, with dire and downright Shakespearean results. Macbeth meets MacParenting in this wickely funny comedy of homicidal proportions. You may never look at preschool, or pesto, the same way again. Rounding out the cast are Jenny Morris, Rebecca Olson, and Cory Carivau.
For information on tickets, call 777-4090.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, email@example.com, 701-746-0847