Youngstown State University Theater will stage Albert Innaurato's dramatic comedy "Gemini" for a two-weekend run.
Set in the mid-1970s, the play takes place in the backyard of adjoining houses in South Philadelphia: one house occupied by Fran Geminiani, a laborer, and his son, Francis, a Harvard student; the other by a boisterous, earthy divorcee named Bunny and her fat, asthmatic son, Herschel. It is the eve of Francis' 21st birthday, and suddenly he is paid a surprise visit by two friends from college, a brother and sister named Hastings, who set up a tent in the backyard. The friends, Randy and Judith, are wealthy, attractive and from an elevated social background that contrasts painfully with Francis' own humble circumstances.
In addition, while Judith is in love with Francis, he is infatuated with Randy (or thinks he is), and it is from this unsettling discovery that the plot proceeds - a series of lively, funny, touching and revealing incidents that occur in fast-moving, antic succession.
Special to the Tribune Chronicle
The comedy “Gemini,” which opens tonight at Youngstown State University, features, from left, Cameron Beebe, John Cruz and Carly Magnuson.
W. Rick Schilling, associate staff designer in the department of theater and dance, directs a cast that includes Cameron Beebe of Cortland, Stacie Campbell of East Liverpool, John Cruz of Mineral Ridge, Rebecca Anderson of Cortland, Anna Steeb of Columbiana, Carly Magnuson of Canfield, Alex Samuels of Worthington, Josh Fleming of Canfield and Natalie Martzial of Youngstown.
"Gemini" will be staged at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday and April 12-13 and 3 p.m. Sunday and April 14 in Bliss Hall's Spotlight Arena Theater. This production contains adult situations and coarse language and is not suitable for children.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, YSU faculty and staff, Penguin Club members, YSU alumni and non-YSU students. YSU students are admitted free with ID. All seating is general admission. For reservations or more information, call 330-941-3105.