City Theatre Company
Through February 25
If you haven’t had the chance to catch “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” at City Theatre yet, you’re in luck. Due to audience demand, the play’s run has been extended through February 25.
Called “hilarious and heartwarming,” the one-man show was written by actor, author and LGBT rights activist James Lecesne, who is acclaimed for his screenplay for the Academy Award-winning short film, “Trevor.”
Actor Keith Randolph Smith stars as the small-town, hard-boiled detective Chuck DeSantis, who’s investigating the mysterious and sudden disappearance of a gay teenager named Leonard Pelkey.
The regional premiere underscores City Theatre’s commitment to exploring issues addressed in contemporary plays. Led by an all-female and transgender design team, the company collaborated with local nonprofit Dreams of Hope so that LGBTQA youth could curate and produce props and photography featured in the show.
Don’t miss the greenroom party with the cast, plus free wine, beer and snacks on February 2 at 8 p.m., and the post-show talkback with the Dakota James Foundation on February 3 at 1 p.m.
Set in a sleepy Jersey Shore town, the uplifting play is directed by Laura Savia, who is associate artistic director of Williamstown Theatre Festival.