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FEBRUARY 18, 2015

Miami theater reimagines classic comedy

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George Axelrod's 1950's Broadway comedy "The Seven Year Itch" hits South Florida Wednesday, but repackaged with a new and unconventional interpretation.

George Axelrod’s 1950’s Broadway comedy “The Seven Year Itch” hits South Florida Wednesday, but repackaged with a new and unconventional interpretation.

 

Miami Theater Center artistic director Stephanie Ansin reamigines “The Seven Year Itch” plot with new twists and surprises revolving around a 39-year-old character, Richard Sherman. Sherman is married but sleeps with a 22-year-old neighbor while his family is away on vacation.

 

Aaron Glickman plays Sherman in Ansin’s adaptation. He said he places the blame for the affair on both characters, but mostly the younger woman. “Though temptation is there, I think he tries to stay away from it. But at some point she becomes the aggressor,” Glickman said. “She wants this to happen and it happens. And it’s not because — it is because of him, but it’s because of both of them. It’s because of a 22-year-old woman and and 39-year-old man making a decision and making a choice.”

 

The Miami play’s romantic fantasies also mirror the 1955 film, which stars iconic actress Marilyn Monroe. Moments in the play will nod to classic Monroe, Ansin said. “You’re going to see Marilyn Monroe in a naughty, unexpected, irreverent way,” she said.

 

The set, outfitted with multiple secret doors, will prove important to the play’s plot. Ansin took on the project as a challenge to reinterpret theater classics for contemporary audiences. She said the play should compel audiences to think and possibly not take sides with one character. “I want people to walk out of this hopefully saying it’s not a black and white situation. One of them isn’t bad and the other good. I don’t think one took advantage of the other and one was taking advantage of,” Ansin said. “I think they both went into it with open minds and they both had different reasons to go into it and they both actually in a complicated way got something positive out of it.”