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Posted: 04/10/13

When an old friend of Constance Middleton's shows up out of the blue, will she remain "The Constant Wife?" From left, Cheryl Turski as Constance, Chip DuFord as John Middleton and Stephen Blackwell as Bernard Kersal.

(Photo courtesy of Rick Smith)

Professional premiere of 'The
Constant Wife' runs through April 14

      Words like "affair" and "mistress" were never mentioned in the polite society of 1920s London. That didn't mean they didn't exist. In "The Constant Wife" there's twist after twist, as the lives of a top surgeon and his wife come under the scrutiny of well-meaning - and meddling - relatives and friends.
       "We focus on Michigan premieres at Meadow Brook," said Cheryl Marshall, MBT managing director. "When we discovered that no professional theater here had presented `The Constant Wife,' we jumped at the chance. It's so contemporary in its ideas, that you forget it was written in the 1920s."
       "The Constant Wife" runs through April 14 at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester.
       "The Constant Wife" is directed by Karen Sheridan, Oakland University professor of theater. A favorite of MBT audiences, Sheridan is perhaps best remembered as Bertha the maid, in MBT's 2010 production of "Boeing- Boeing." Sheridan has directed at MBT in the past, including "And Then They Came for Me."
       Cheryl Turski plays Constance Middleton, with Chip DuFord as her husband, John Middleton. Constance's mother, Mrs. Culver, is played by Dominique Lowell. The remainder of the cast includes Michael Gillespie (Bentley), Allison Schubert (Martha Culver), Melynee Saunders Warren (Barbara Fawcett), Leslie Ann Handelman (Marie-Louise Durham), Stephen Blackwell (Bernard Kersal) and Glen Allen Pruett (Mortimer Durham).
       Terry W. Carpenter is the stage manager with scenic design by Jen Price Fick, costumes by Liz Moore, lighting by Reid G. Johnson and sound by Mike Duncan.
       Tickets range from $25 to $40 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at (248) 377-3300 or going online at Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call (248) 370-3316 for group pricing.

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