The Busy World is Hushed,Richmond Triangle Players’ second addition to the Acts of Faith Festival, premiered February 27th. This will be their second week now and the reception has been wonderful.
With great wit, insight, and humor, The Busy World is Hushed examines the contradictions we all find in our faith, our family, and our ourselves. The story follows Hannah, a widowed Episcopal minister, who is trying to translate a long-lost gospel. She is challenged both by her adjutant and her wayward gay son. But when family secrets surface, only the help of a stranger can help Hannah find peace.
“The Busy World is about faith and family, making connections,” said Phil Crosby, Managing Director of the RTP. “ [It’s about] a mother trying to connect with her son, a son trying to connect with his dead father, a young man trying to find a home in his relationship with the son. Real sort of basic important stuff.”
The show consists of local Richmond known stars; Chris Hester, who most recently played the title role in the Rocky Horror Picture Show at Firehouse Theater last summer; and Chis Oneil, who was nominated for Richmond Theater Critic Award as Best Actor last year for RTP’s production of Next Fall. Additionally, Linda Barenger, who was trained in England and has done several plays around Richmond, plays the role of Hannah.
Crosby thinks the well-balanced trio are what makes the show so moving. “Bringing such warmth, realism and love to these characters that the audience can’t help but be moved.”
The play will have you thinking by the end, and Crosby promises it’s subject matter will appeal to all audiences. “I don’t think there is a piece of it someone can’t relate to… The fact that the love interest in it is a gay relationship only… it doesn’t mean that if you are straight you won’t get it. You will get it, we’ve all been there.”
Crosby suggests taking a date because the play reminds you why we all want to be in love. So come on down to Richmond Triangle Players’ theater at 1300 Altamont Avenue and fall in love.
Busy World is Hushed runs through March 23. Tickets can be purchased here.