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A&E BRIEFS Becky Holahan is Becky — first with Walter, played by Neil Levine, then with Joe, played by Neil Kasanofsky. Photo by Renee McVety BECKY'S NEW CAR TO OPEN VENICE THEATRE 2013-14 SEASON Venice Theatre will launch its 2013-2014 MainStage Season with the comedy Becky's New Car, the theatre has announced. The play will open on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and run through Sunday, Oct. 20. Becky's New Car was written by popular American playwright Steven Dietz, a news release notes. "He introduces audiences to Becky Foster, a woman who is feeling stuck in middle age, middle management and a middling marriage," the release says. "She has no prospects for change on the horizon until an eccentric grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where she works. Soon she is facing a fork in the road that could offer her nothing short of a new life." an and an ensemble of six other actors. Chase says he chose the play "because of how popular it has become among community theatres and describes its theme as being 'what happens when the good choices we make are put to the test,'" the release points out. Becky's New Car was originally commissioned by and produced at Seattle's ACT Theater in 2008. The Seattle Times called the premiere "a warmly humorous and nimble romantic farce," the release notes. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale ($13 to $15 for students; $25 to $28 for adults) at www.venicestage.com or by contacting the box office at 488-1115. A speThe release adds, "Audiences will be in for cial early-season rate of $20 is available (not some surprising twists and turns as they online) during the first week of the show. cruise with Becky down the road not taken." Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday Venice Theatre's Executive Artistic Director through Friday and one hour before all perforMurray Chase is directing the show, which mances. Venice Theatre is located at 140 W. stars veteran Venice performer Becky Holah- Tampa Ave. on the island in Venice.

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