The Countess

by Gregory Murphy, directed by Carol King

October 13, 14, 15, 2006 (Fri.-Sun.) The age of Victoria may have been prim, but it was not always proper. Viewers of “Masterpiece Theatre” will enjoy this wonderfully witty play about some passionate real-life Victorians. John Ruskin was the most important English art critic of the 19th century. And as a husband, he was most critical. “You’re not what I think a woman should be,” he tells his wife, Effie. And his parents don’t care for her either. So he will have better company, Ruskin invites his friend and protégé, painter John Everett Millais, to join them on a holiday in Scotland, thus unwittingly setting the stage for one of the most notorious scandals of the Victorian age. “The Countess” was Broadway’s longest running drama of the 1999-2000 season.

Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 500 Western Ave, Albany, NY.
Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 PM.
(Audience discussion with the director follows the Saturday matinee.)