Flu bug forces Writers' Theater to postpone 'Aunt'

November 16, 2010

It's the time of year when "the bug" seems to be making the rounds of every workplace including theater rehearsal halls. Writers' Theatre of Glencoe has postponed the opening of "Travels With My Aunt" by nearly two weeks due to the triumphal march of flu and sniffles through the four-person cast and the company manager.

Director Stuart Carden estimates they lost a week of rehearsals and previews as they worked towards a press opening tomorrow night (Nov. 17). A weeks' postponement would run smack into Thanksgiving, so the decision was made to delay the official opening night until Nov. 30.

We also hear the production was going to utilize sound effects created live by a Foley artist, and  then it wasn't, and now it is again. Perhaps the technical back-and-forth also is a reason for delay. Fortunately, this adaptation of the popular Graham Greene novel is set to run through March 27, so the two-week delay won't appreciably cut the run.