In rehearsal, Doris (Lora Nava) encourages George (Arthur Pierce) to tell her his inner thoughts.

Trinidad is about to get a living Valentine. It will be ready to be opened and enjoyed for two weekends starting on Valentine’s Day, just in time to lift hearts and spirits during our blustery, unpredictable Colorado springtime.

Relationships are often as blustery and unpredictable as the weather.      

Same Time Next Year by playwright Bernard Slade, is a comedy that traces changing conditions of life surrounding a couple meeting every year for a weekend “time out” from traditional matrimony during more than three turbulent decades between 1951 and 1975.

Those of us who lived through those years will remember the Beatles and Flower Children and Cultural Revolution and political scandals of those times, presented here in refreshing retrospect evoking memories of a simpler existence in contrast to the technological tornado whizzing around us now.

Living may have been simpler then, but still full to the brim with the eternal human emotions we juggle to balance today.

Slade’s script, which, after winning a Tony Award for its lead actress, Ellen Burstyn on Broadway, went on to become a famous movie starring Burstyn and Alan Alda, is bright, witty and charming.  

For it to be successfully produced, it needs two accomplished actors. Our Trinidad Community Theatre is fortunate to have among its roster, the two excellent actors co-starring in this heartfelt comedy, Lora Nava (Doris the dependent housewife) and Arthur Pierce (the guilt-ridden accountant.)

Directed by Cora Warrick, this comedy will bring laughter as it paints the evolving journey towards empowerment and self-realization these once a year lovers take through the America of the 50s and 60s.

Though the world around them changes, it is the evolution within their hearts that becomes the meaningful trek through life.

Enjoy this Trinidad Community Theatre Valentine offering opening night at the SCRT Famous Performing Arts Theatre, 131 West Main Street Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.; or catch another 7 p.m. evening performance on Saturday, Feb. 15, Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22; or enjoy afternoon matinees on Sundays, Feb. 16 and 23.

It will warm your heart.

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