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‘Becky’s New Car’ is the story of Becky Foster (Michelle Storm, of Woodbury), a woman caught in middle age, middle management, and in a middling marriage. One night, she crosses paths with a millionaire widower (Don Lindemann, of Woodbury, left) who offers Becky the keys to a brand new life. The audience gets to ride shotgun in Becky’s adventure down the road not taken. Dan Bushman, of Hudson, right, plays her husband. Submitted photo.

'Becky's New Car' at Phipps Sept. 13-29

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“Becky’s New Car,” a touching comedy by Steven Dietz, will be performed Sept. 13-29 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

“Becky’s New Car” is the story of Becky Foster, a woman caught in middle age, middle management, and in a middling marriage. One night, she crosses paths with a millionaire widower who offers Becky the keys to a brand new life. The audience gets to ride shotgun in Beckyís adventure down the road not taken.

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Kari Steinbach directs this new comedy at The Phipps. The production invites the audience into Becky’s world by breaking the fourth wall from the moment the play begins. The audience becomes Becky’s confidant and even her cohort as they help her make decisions that alter the course of her hum-drum life and take her on a ride she could never have anticipated.

“The play is a significant challenge for the cast as they maintain control of the story through the breakneck pace that the action falls into. The level of audience participation requires that the cast be on their toes at all times, as no amount of rehearsal can prepare them for all the possibilities that may arise with a new-every-night audience. Our rehearsals include brainstorming all the things that might arise when we invite the audience to participate in our adventure.”

Steinbach has been a freelance director in the Twin Cities area for the past 20-plus years, most recently directing “La Bella Cinderella” for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She staged “Over the River and Through the Woods” and “The Lion in Winter” for Lakeshore Players, “The Dixie Swim Club” for Lyric Arts, and “Pride and Prejudice” and “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” for the University of Northwestern - St. Paul.

Nine performances will be given Sept. 13 to 29 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on the main stage.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinee. Discounts are also available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or online at www.ThePhipps.org.

Champagne brunch cruise and theater packages are available for the Sunday matinees. Reservations may be made by contacting Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines at (651) 436-8883 or online at www.AftonHouseInn.com.

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Pat Hunter
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