Here's a plug for Exchange Theatre's production of Hobson's Choice at the Bathhouse Theatre opening March 4, running Thursdays through Sunday matinee through March 27.
Hobson's Choice is a wonderful script, a standard in British theatre, hearkening from 1916.Â Henry Horatio Hobson, Bootmaker, runs his shop in Salford in Lancashire, 1880, using his three adult daughters as shophands and refusing to allow them to marry.Â He spends most of his days at the Moonrakers Pub, the success of his shop due to his harsh, hardworking eldest daughter Maggie and the skills of an underpaid lower class shoehand named Willie Mossop.Â When Maggie has had enough of this abuse, she concocts a scheme to escape by marrying Willie and educating him, of course against her father's wishes.
The cast includes Ailsa Prideux-Mooney, Christopher Shine, Dan Somerfield, Devin Kearns, Kait Powers, Bill Bone, Brian Harper, Patrick Bonck, Tom Fraser, Matt Lovell, Sarah Behrendt, and Katie Zellner.Â Set design by Craig Wollam, lighting design by Sean Begley, costumes by Barbara Blunt.
Exchange Theatre has been doing some wonderful work lately. Witness the last two productions, their well staged and well acted version of Les Liasions Dangereuse last summer at TPS, and the solid production of Playboy of the Western World last fall here at the Bathhouse Theatre.Â
Don't miss this classic; Hobson's Choice.