'Naked Mole Rats': Vignettes about modern relationships

Andreas Halidis and August Wolf play characters who don’t get out much and are reunited at a restaurant in a vignette from “Naked Mole Rats in the World of Darkness.”
Andreas Halidis and August Wolf play characters who don’t get out much and are reunited at a restaurant in a vignette from “Naked Mole Rats in the World of Darkness.”

Here's a title that makes an impression: "Naked Mole Rats in the World of Darkness."

That's the name of the evening of vignettes about male/female relationships written by Mike Folie that will be performed Norwich Arts Center Donald L. Oat Theater 62 Broadway in Norwich. It opens Friday and runs through April 2, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

The play is a series of scenes and monologues that range from lunacy to heartbreak. This presentation features a 13-person cast in multiple roles that all explore the ways men and women find and lose one another in the modern urban world. The scenes range from broad comedy as a female cop busts the guy who stood her up at the prom, to the absurd as the characters might also be intimate body parts, to poignant drama as a couple on a zoo trip falls into despair.

The cast includes Michele Blair, George Blair, Helen Cronin, Emily Dykes, Judy George, Andreas Halidis, Harold Hefel, Lura Hepler, Mary Kay Kellehey, James Kenney, Dale Magnuson, Suzanne McCormack, and August Wolf. It's co-directed by Lura Hepler, James Kenney, and Kato McNickle, with stage manager Theresa Broach.

Tickets are $18 general admission; $16 for military with ID, students and seniors; and $15 for NAC members available at the door or in advance by calling (860) 887-2789 or emailing boxoffice@norwicharts.org.

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