New Times’ original hippie readers parented the supernumerous Millennials. Curiously, technology’s rendered the spawn hyperliterate, and the stories of Mom and Dad’s heyday are ripe for revival.
Paul Zindel, who gained fame for young adult novels like the Pigman trilogy, was a playwright first. His biting 1967 And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little is technically about three Miss Reardons toiling in NYC’s school system: the married sister, the drunk sister, and the crazy sister, one of whom may have banged a student. Topical!
The play was the première production of Chicago’s Steppenwolf, the same company that fostered your Malkovich, your Sinise, your Tracy Letts and Laurie Metcalf. Scottsdale’s Theatre Artists Studio presents Reardon through Sunday, April 27, with dysfunctional laughs and quality scenery-chewing from some of our finest actresses. Friday, April 18’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at 4848 East Cactus Road. Tickets are $10 to $20 at 602-765-0120 or www.thestudiophx.org.