LIVE: “In The Mood” is Kathleen Clark’s Delightful New Comedy from the Berkshire Theatre Group, Stockbridge [Berkshire on Stage]

August 9th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Sara

Damian Young and Erin Dilly (photo: Christy Wright)

Damian Young and Erin Dilly (photo: Christy Wright)

In the Mood had its world premiere on the Fitzpatrick Main Stage of the Berkshire Theatre Festival and it is a funny, winning evening of frothy comedy and farce. It also propels Kathleen Clark out of the “emerging playwright” ghetto where she has been consigned for the past twenty-five years. In terms of wit and sophistication her work can be included in the league of romantic comedy writers such as Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde, blended with the genius for the ill-timed entrances that are the trademark of a Feydeau farce. All with a droll and thoroughly American parodistic flair. You don’t have to slam doors to be drop dead funny.

While In the Mood is a major change of focus for the playwright who earlier wrote Secrets of a Soccer Mom, thereby helping launch a national catchphrase, it is still firmly about real people, families and relationships. Clark has an ear for, well, normal life, and the big hearts that often go with it. Her plays celebrate regular people facing and solving the ordinary problems that life throws at them.

Another of her popular early plays is Southern Comforts about a mismatched elderly couple in search of a meaningful relationship. Kathleen Clark is a mom, a mother, and a role model for normalcy. Her plays are written with love, understanding and warmth, reflecting her outlook on life. She is no kid playwright purging their frustrations with life. She deals with them.

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