Dark ‘Garden’ explores hypocrisy in the suburbs

“Everything in the Garden”: There’s that perky popular television show called “Suburgatory” that gives you the lighter side of the suburban life.

Then there’s “Everything in the Garden,” the nastier side of the suburbs.

Opening tonight, the play is the spring offering from Red Curtain Foundation at Historic Everett Theatre.

Edward Albee is known for his uncharitable view of humans. The author of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” also is known for his rich subtext and how to punctuate a story with humor.

The subtext in this case involves how money can corrupt and how conformity and a “hypocritical show of respectability is all that counts” in modern society, according to press material.

The play revolves around Jenny and Richard, who are living the American Dream in the 1960s. Unfortunately the American Dream can be expensive if you are trying to keep up with your neighbors on one income and still want a country club membership.

The couple both wants more, but without Jenny working, their finances are pretty stagnant.

And who should enter the scene but menacing Mrs. Toothe who has an opportunity for Jenny to make a bunch of money.

Jenny’s greed gets the better of her because this is no ordinary job opportunity.

In fact, when Richard learns about Jenny’s new job, he is filled with horror, disgust and rage. But Richard must keep his emotions in check; after all they are hosting a champagne cocktail party and appearances must be kept.

“Everything in the Garden” opens at 8 tonight at Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 12.

Tickets are $16.50 for adults, $13 for seniors, students and military, online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling the box office at 425-258-6766.

The play is not recommended for children 14 and under.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; tgoffredo@heraldnet.com.

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