Long Beach’s International City Theatre will present David Ives’ comic adaptation of The Heir Apparent, opening this Friday. There are also two low-priced previews set for June 17 and 18.
The Heir Apparent is a modern “translaptation” (a word coined by Ives meaning translation with a heavy dose of adaptation) of the 18th century play by Jean-François Regnard. The performance promises side-splitting jokes, a healthy dose of comedic farce, and a love story, all told in rhyme.
“The Heir Apparent is an ab workout for the audience,” said director Matt Walker. “They’re going to exercise their core by laughing.”
The play draws from a number of different styles, blending the original French farce of the 1700s with colloquial references of today. As the story goes, young Eraste and his resourceful servant plot to claim an inheritance from an uncle who not only will not die, but also bequeathed his fortune to a distant relative.
“Part Dr. Suess, part who-done-it, part circus frenzy … The Heir Apparent has been sort of taken out of its museum, dusted off, and given a shiny new sheen by David Ives in the form of rhyming couplets,” said Walker.
The cast stars Wallace Angus Bruce as Eraste; Matthew Henerson as Geronte, the miserly old uncle; Paige Lindsey White as Lisette, a down-to-earth maid; Suzanne Jolie Narbonne as the charming and beautiful Isabelle; Adam J. Smith as Eraste’s crafty manservant, Crispin; Rebecca Spencer as Madame Argante, Isabelle’s dowager mother; and Adam von Almen as Scruple, a lawyer.
Set design for the ICT production is by Christopher Scott Murillo, lighting design is by Jeremy Pivnick, costume design is by Kim DeShazo, sound design is by Mark McClain Wilson, props are by Patty, Gordon and Christopher Briles, wigs are by Anthony Gagliardi, casting is by Michael Donovan Casting and the production stage manager is Pat Loeb.
The Heir Apparent runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., June 19 through July 12. Tickets are $46 – $48, except opening night (June 19), for which tickets are $54 and include a post-performance reception with the actors. There are two preview performances on June 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. for $34. International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 300 E. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach, CA 90802. Tickets can be purchased at 562-436-4610 or www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.