Starring: Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid
Written by: Stephen Sachs
Directed by: Polly Teale
Inspired by true events, Bakersfield Mist is the unique tale of a woman named Maude Gutman, played by Kathleen Turner (or as I know her, Chandler Bing's "father" from the sitcom Friends), and a man named Lionel Percy, played by Ian McDiarmid (or as i know him, Senator Palpatine from the movie Star Wars). Maude is an unemployeed bartender feeling quite down on her luck, when one day while shopping around at a local thrift store, she finds a great deal on a painting that she is made to believe might be a Jackson Pollock original. Even after many people contact her offering millions and millions of dollars for this highly esteemed painting, Maude refuses to take any deals until she finds out the truth about her newfound treasure. She contacts Lionel Percy, a world-class art enthusiast from New York City, and asks him to come look at her painting, and tell if it is indeed trash or treasure. When the wealthy and sophisticated Mr. Percy lands himself in Maude's trailer park kingdom, things are sure to get pretty interesting, pretty quickly.
So far in its run, Bakersfield Mist has been given rave reviews from critics all across the board. Dominic Maxwell from The Times calls it, "a thoroughly entertaining 85 minutes of quipping, arguing, boozing, opining, fist-fighting, and soul-baring." In another review, Charles Spencer from The Telegraph says, "Turner and McDiarmid are terrific...the performances are definitely the genuine article." I am very excited to see some familiar faces on stage for this show, and based on the summaries and reviews I have found, I am sure this performance will leave us laughing until we cry, and might even tug on our heartstrings just a little as well.
Watch the trailer for Bakersfield Mist here: