by Peter Shaffer
QTC Archives: 2014-2015 Season
April 17 – May 17, 2015
Lettice Douffet, an expert on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry, is an indefatigable but daffy enthusiast of history and the theatre. As a tour guide at Fustian House, one of the least stately of London’s stately homes, she theatrically embellishes its historical past, ultimately coming up on the radar of Lotte Schoen, an inspector from the Preservation Trust. Neither impressed or entertained by Lettice’s freewheeling history lessons, Schoen fires her. Not one however, to go without a fight, Lettice engages the stoic, conventional Lotte in battle to the death of all that is sacred to the Empire and the crown. This hit by the author of Equus and Amadeus featured a triumphant award-winning performance by Dame Maggie Smith in London and on Broadway
Our production features Jane Squier Bruns as Lettice Douffet, Leah Mazade as Lotte Schoen, John Decker as Mr. Bardolph, Elizabeth Darby as Miss Framer, with David Johnson and Ruthie Rado.
Directed by Louis Pangaro.
Director Louis Pangaro, who has strong roots in the classics, directed the production, toying with what happens when an irresistible force meets and immovable object… Pangaro guides us to find both the backbone and vulnerability in the characters..
Pamela Roberts, Broadway World- Read the Review
Lettice and Lovage is crafted with love, a fitting tribute to a playwright, Peter Shaffer, whose passion for words makes this play a joy to watch. The leads, Jane Squier Bruns, as Miss Lettice Douffet, and Leah Mazade, as Miss Charlotte Schoen, have reached deep into themselves for an uncommon understanding of two very different women. This is theatre for grown-ups, and admirers of Downton Abbey and Wolf Hall will find themselves very much at home.
Sophia Howes, DC Metro Theater Arts – Read the Review
… the actors in Lettice and Lovage carry the day… The title role is taken by the lovely actress Jane Squier Bruns, as Lettice Douffet, delivering a performance filled with grace and delicacy. Schoen, played with fussy charm by Leah Mazade, is the grounded, gray-clad civil servant determined to pull Lettice back to earth.
Jeffrey Walker, DC Theatre Scene – Read the Review
Now audiences can see Shaffer’s comedy at Bethesda’s Quotidian Theatre Company. And while there isn’t a titled international star in the lead, local actress Jane Squire Bruns gives a formidable and heartfelt turn as the eccentric Englishwoman who can’t endure the “mere,” and has adopted her late mother’s motto as her own: ”Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten!
Patrick Folliard, The Washington Blade – Read the Review