THE STORY: Have you ever been tempted to flee your own life? Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare. BECKY’S NEW CAR is a thoroughly original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.
“Perhaps the highest praise that can be given to Steven Dietz’s praiseworthy new comedy is that it’s funny. Not ironic. Not hysterical in a slapsticky kind of way. Just gently and consistently funny—right up to the point that it’s touching, and then even a little bit after that. BECKY’S NEW CAR takes the audience on a smart, comic cruise through the perils of middle-aged longing and regret.” —Variety. “On a classic mistaken-identity premise, playwright Steven Dietz has constructed a warmly humorous and nimble romantic farce that doesn’t oversell itself, or ever sell its American Everywoman protagonist short. Dietz has created a comedy of modern manners…one that derives as much power from its humanity as its fine-tuned craftsmanship.” —Seattle Times. “The world premiere production of Steven Dietz’s warm and amiable new comedy is the perfect two-hour escape from the endless political campaign, stock market collapse, and other daily woes of modern life. You won’t see a comedy this good on television or in the neighborhood multi-plex.” —Talkin’ Broadway. “Playwright Steven Dietz’s new production is a laugh-out-loud amusement-park ride where the comedy spins out of control like a bumper car. BECKY’S NEW CAR is witty and droll, with delicious deadpan humor and U-turn plot twists. But it turns out there’s more under the hood of BECKY’S NEW CAR than just the comedy. The story has depth. It has themes like confronting the unexpected. It has conflict such as a woman being pulled in two directions. It has, like Yogi Berra once suggested, a person coming to a fork in the road and taking it.” —Everett Herald. “BECKY’S NEW CAR is that perfect blend of hilarious comedy and substantial weight, a story about choices and consequences that could believably happen to anyone.” —Broadway Hour.