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Things Being What They Are

As Bill anxiously waits for his unfaithful wife and his furniture, he is visited by Jack, a divorced neighbor who suggests the loneliness of life after marriage. At first Jack appears to be a nightmare neighbor—intrusive, needy, boorish—but gradually Bill's perception of his new "friend" deepens. While it's true that Jack managed to lose his wife's trust and his children's love, Bill discovers that Jack is wrestling with circumstances that would challenge the best of us. A funny and wistful exploration of love, loss, masculinity, and the needs that bring people together and drive them apart.

April 20 - May 7, 2017
Things Being What They Are by Wendy MacLeod
By Wendy MacLeod



Thursday, April 20: 8pm

Friday, April 21: 8pm

Saturday, April 22: 8pm

Sunday, April 23: 2pm


Friday, April 28: 8pm

Saturday, April 29: 8pm

Sunday, April 30: 2pm


Friday, May 5: 8pm

Saturday, May 6: 8pm

Sunday, May 7: 2pm

"Despite (or maybe it's because of) its origin in a female mind, this funny, charming, and rather moving little sleeper of a play from Wendy MacLeod probes the vulnerabilities of heterosexual, middle-class, decaying maleness with…good humor, affection and incisive accuracy." —Chicago Tribune 


"Middle-aged male angst isn't a new subject for contemporary drama, but it's handled with refreshing subtlety and wit in this serious comedy…sophisticated, with wry observations and literary references…doesn't lose its black wit." —Variety


"MacLeod’s script is by turns acid and tender, and funny in a way that…proceeds powerfully from character and context." —Chicago Reader.


"Wendy MacLeod is an expert at whipping moods, characters and events around in all sorts of intriguing ways." —Seattle Post-Intelligencer


 "…truly funny and finally tragic…This is a wonderfully intimate play that doesn't pummel audiences with emotion, but rather, serves it up subtly through the veil of youthful dreams derailed." —Sag Harbor Express.


"She's not only written a probing exploration of the things that matter, but created a marvelously complex and satisfying tour de force for two actors." —Southampton Press



April 20

Preview performance, all seats $20

April 21

Opening night, post-show reception

April 23

Senior Sunday, tickets $20 for seniors 65 and over

free post-show talkback


April 30

Free post-show talkback

“Personality and character meld into honest portrayals filled out with slight personal quirks.”
—Michael Vest, April 26, 2017 for Broadway World
The cast of The Outgoing Tide
Cast & Creative Team


Clark Carmichael*†
Jason Szamreta*†


Director: Laura Ekstrand*

Stage manager: Amy Hadam†

Scenic designer: Lily Guerin

Lighting designer: Zach Pizza

Sound designer: Jeff Knapp

Playwright: Wendy MacLeod


* member of the Dreamcatcher ensemble

member of the Actors' Equity

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