Entertainment

‘Gin Game’ explores age with humor

By From page B1 | June 13, 2012

Weller Martin (Stephen Kauffman) and Fonsia Dorsey (Hazel Johnson) bond over cards in "The Gin Game," coming soon to Sutter Street Theatre. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

Sutter Street Theatre in Historic Folsom will be opening “The Gin Game” by D.J. Colburn and directed by Janelle Kauffman at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.

The winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize, “The Gin Game” uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. Fonsia wins every time and soon their secrets become weapons used against one another. Weller longs for a victory to counter a lifetime of defeats.

“A thoroughly entertaining lesson in the fine art of theatrical finesse. The closest thing the theatre offers to a duel at 10 paces.” — The New York Times

“Perfect … A vibrant study on loneliness, disillusion, old age, and death, yet fiercely funny.” — The Boston Globe.

Castmembers are  Stephen Kauffman as Weller Martin and Hazel Johnson as Fonsia Dorsey.

“The Gin Game” will continue at 1 p.m. on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 15 at the theater, 717 Sutter St. in Folsom. Tickets are $23 general, $21 seniors, $18 students with an ID card. The show does have adult language. Tickets can be purchased by calling (916) 353-1001 or online at SutterStreetTheatre.com.

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