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Cutting Edge Mad Cat Still Challenging Audiences As It Nears 15th Anniversary

Erin Joy Schmidt and Noah Levine as fashionista Isabella Blow and milliner Philip Treacy in Jessica Farr’s “Blow Me” Photo by MagicalPhotos.com
Erin Joy Schmidt and Noah Levine as fashionista Isabella Blow and milliner Philip Treacy in Jessica Farr’s “Blow Me”  Photo by MagicalPhotos.com
Erin Joy Schmidt and Noah Levine as fashionista Isabella Blow and milliner Philip Treacy in Jessica Farr’s “Blow Me” Photo by MagicalPhotos.com

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Jan 7, 2015 – Paul Tei and Neil Simon. Two names few people expect to see in the same sentence.

Paul Tei, the confrontational champion of cutting-edge theater, and Neil Simon, the quintessential mainstream playwright of the 1960s.

But approaching its 15th anniversary, Tei’s Mad Cat Theatre Company kicks off its season this week with Simon’s nearly forgotten The Star Spangled Girl.

The licensing company won’t allow much tinkering with the specific words that Simon wrote in 1966. But within those strictures, Tei plans to excavate modern relevance from Simon’s farcical love triangle about two left-wing magazine writers clashing with a conservative young woman – as only Mad Cat can.

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