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Glen Ellyn play to take audience on a ride in 'Becky's New Car'

Becky (Susan O'Byrne) reacts to her co-worker Steve's (Richard Bucchi) latest topic of conversation in "Becky's New Car" at Village Theatre Guild.
Becky (Susan O'Byrne) reacts to her co-worker Steve's (Richard Bucchi) latest topic of conversation in "Becky's New Car" at Village Theatre Guild.

GLEN ELLYN – Village Theatre Guild starts the engine on its 57th season with “Becky’s New Car” by Steven Dietz, opening Oct. 18.

The thoroughly original comedy, which has serious overtones, is a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken, a news release stated.

Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage – with no prospects for change. Then one night, a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where she works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun.

The show is directed by Carl Zeitler of Glen Ellyn and produced by Renata Allelujka of Downers Grove. The cast features Susan O’Byrne of Hinsdale, Jamie Ewing of Crystal Lake, Joshua Reid of Mokena, Todd Oakley of Aurora, Shannon Bachelder of Wheaton, Richard Bucchi of Winfield and Betsey Manzoni of Chicago.

“When I read the script, I was very engaged,” Zeitler said. “It was a play that I wanted to see as an audience member. I can’t wait to see these actors perform this show.”

Members of the cast also were drawn to the play.

“Becky is a character who, when I first read the script, I felt was someone who had regrets about choices she did and did not make, and one day she has a chance at something new and, despite consequences, she grabs it by the horns; after I read this script, I knew it was a story that I wanted to be a part of,” Bachelder said.

O’Byrne plays Becky.

“I felt an immediate connection with Becky,” O’Byrne said. “She is a wonderful character: flawed, funny, a little off-kilter, and constantly questioning herself. She embodies the feelings of many of us as we age, coming to terms with who we are in a changing world. This is a play that involves the audience on a literal level. Becky invites the audience into her home and her circumstances. The lines between observer and participant are blurred here in ways that are hilarious and thought-provoking. Beyond that, it’s simply a touching, very human play that explores how we adapt to changes in our lives.”

If you go

WHAT: “Becky’s New Car”

WHERE: Village Theatre Guild, 2S720 Park Blvd., near northwest corner of Park Boulevard and Butterfield Road, Glen Ellyn

WHEN: Oct. 18 to Nov. 9, with curtain at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, with no performance Oct. 20, plus shows at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9

COST: $19.99

INFO: 630-469-8230, www.villagetheatreguild.org

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