Leave the chill of winter outside and warm up to the madcap comedy of David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Wonder of the World,” which opens Jan. 11 at Trenton’s Open Book Theatre Company.
The show runs 8 p.m. Jan. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 and Feb. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9, and 2 p.m. Jan. 13, 20 and 27 and Feb. 3 at the theater, 1621 West Road, Trenton.
Directed by Sarah Hawkins, the show features Krista Schafer Ewbank in the lead role as Cass, with Connie Cowper as Detective Karla, Linda Rabin Hammell as Lois, Mandy Logsdon in multiple ensemble roles, Patrick Loos as Captain Mike, Dan Morrison as Detective Glen and Richard Payton as Kip.
When Cass discovers a shattering secret about her husband, it leaves her questioning her marriage and her entire life, which sends her scurrying to Niagara Falls to reassess her options and begin to work her way through her bucket list. She meets new people and ponders whether life is a series of random occurrences or a grand design.
Playwright Lindsay-Abaire, known for placing life’s trying topics into comedic plays, follows this successful formula with “Wonder of the World.”
Hawkins said she can’t wait for audiences to fall in love with “Wonder of the World,” which she said appeals to her fun, quirky sense of humor.
“I’m having fun directing this comedy,” she said. “It throws so many unexpected curves and fun plot twists that both challenge and delight the actors, and will have the audience rolling in the aisles.”
Hawkins said she thinks self-reflection when faced with the unexpected is innate to human nature.
“Self-exploration and the desire to get out of a rut and truly experience all the world has to offer is a secret desire for many of us,” she said.
Hawkins said when she reads about someone leaving their nine-to-five desk job to travel the world, she is envious.
“So many people think that what they have is all they are ever going to get, so they settle,” she said. “But ‘Wonder of the World’ is a story of a woman who challenges herself to walk away from an unsatisfying life in search of adventure, and she gains friendship and courage.”
Ewbank, who is also OBTC’s artistic director, said playing Cass is a fun change of pace from Emilie, another lead she played under Hawkins’ direction, which earned her a 2018 Wilde Award for Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Play.
“There are helicopters, giant bags of chips and lots of zaniness,” she said. “We are laughing constantly at rehearsal, and I hope the audience will be just as excited as we are.”
Tickets are $25, with a $5 discount for seniors and a $10 discount for students. Opening night tickets are $30, which includes an afterglow. For more information or to order, call 734-288-7753 or go to openbooktc.com.