KCP kicks off ‘Closer’ tonight

Parents, you’re going to want to leave the youngsters at home for this one.

Kauai Community Players opens its 2014 season tonight with the premiere production of Patrick Marber’s “Closer.”

Director Faith Harding describes it as a dark comedy, full of wit and sarcasm, with scenes of betrayal, desire and misogyny.

“I like off-beat, out-of-the-box, pushing-the-envelope, adult entertainment,” she said. “And I think there’s an audience out there for this type of entertainment on Kauai.”

If you love British humor, you are going to love “Closer,” according to Harding.

Winner of the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Play and the 1999 New York Drama Critics Award for Best Foreign Plan, “Closer” is an elaborate character study of two London couples as they engage in an ultimate game of partner swapping, according to a release for the production.

The plot revolves around the infatuation of the couples for one another. Ultimately, each ends up with the partner for whom they are best suited; but has their desire to win at the game of love diminished their capacity to love and to enjoy its fruit?

Harding says it is a sexy, smart, titillating show that features “four hot, young actors” — Bailey Hutton, Brooke Morgan, Jacqueline Eldin and Benny Barrett.

“It is a slice-of-life kind of play,” Harding said. “It’s got everything.”

 Closer opens tonight at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse and runs for three weekends. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m. It contains explicit sexual themes and language, and is not appropriate for audiences under the age of 16.

“It has adult themes and I certainly don’t want people bringing their 10-year-old to see it,” Harding said.

Tickets cost $20, with $5 off opening weekend and discounts for KCP members, seniors and students. Visit www.kauaicommunityplayers.org for tickets and information, or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

KCP’s next production will be “Other Desert Cities,” directed by Arnold Meister.

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