[Appearing in "Marvin's Room" are Joey Baker (from left), Jen Torchia, Julie Rodgers-Baker, Holly Van Horn and Carroll Creedon.]
GLEN ELLYN – The Village Theatre Guild is about to pay a call on a family in crisis, when it presents the dark comedy "Marvin's Room" in Glen Ellyn.
Caring for her elderly father Marvin and her quirky aunt is his daughter Bessie. When her own health is threatened, she has to try to reconnect with her estranged sister, Lee, long absent from the family home.
"I was really interested in doing a show that was not only funny but also very human, very touching and something that people will go home and think about," Director Debbie Ruzicka of Palatine said of the season opener. "This is such a wonderfully constructed play. It's both hilarious and also tragic. It's about an imperfect family that's getting through a difficult situation with love and doing the best they can."
Lee is accompanied by her two young sons, including Hank, who was institutionalized for burning down her house.
At Village Theatre Guild, two mother-and-son pairings are among the performers: Julie Rodgers-Baker of Wheaton and Joey Baker, who are playing Lee and Hank, respectively. Katarina Creedon of Brookfield plays the supporting roles of counselor and retirement home director, and her son, Carroll Creedon, plays Hank's bookish brother Charlie, who is struggling in school. Ruzicka said they are all good actors, and called the real-life relationships a bonus.
"I'm very excited to have people see this," Ruzicka said.