By Anton Burge
January 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20, 2019
Director’s Showcase Production
It’s 1962. Two aging screen goddesses (Bette Davis and Joan Crawford) are out of work when they are cast in the psycho-biddy classic “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”
Anton Burge’s “Bette & Joan” takes us into the dressing rooms of the two divas. It revels in the rivalry between talent and beauty and explores the vulnerabilities the women share. “Bette & Joan” is profoundly moving, vulgar, and funny as hell.
“Here we have a delicate game of oneup-womanship,” says a review of the play in The Guardian, “in which bared teeth are hidden behind dissembling smiles and barbed insults fly in both directions.”
The play is preferably for mature audience as there is strong language. Non- tobacco cigarettes are used. Director’s Showcase productions at the Players follow the usual format of augmenting the reading of the play with props and costumes, on a simplified set.
Bette Davis . . . . . . . . Kat Shepherd
Joan Crawford . . . . . Julia Tilley
Director . . . . . . . . . Marcia Peters
Stage Manager …………. Janice Coates