Actors Guild extends Gone Astray

George (Walter May, left) and Charles (Marshall Manley, right) attempt to talk to Albert (Eric Seale, center) in May's "Gone Astray," a modern retelling of the prodigal son parable. Photo by Hilary Brown.

George (Walter May, left) and Charles (Marshall Manley, right) attempt to talk to Albert (Eric Seale, center) in May’s “Gone Astray,” a modern retelling of the prodigal son parable. Photo by Hilary Brown.

With a virtually sold out weekend, Actors Guild of Lexington has extended the run of Walter May’s Gone Astray to Labor Day weekend with a performance at 8 p.m. Friday night.

Gone Astray is loosely based on the Biblical tale of the prodigal son, though it varies significantly enough from its source material that it becomes a story in its own right, with a little bit of its own suspense. This is usually the part of a blog post where I quote one of our esteemed critics’ reviews of the show, except this time the critic was me so, this is weird, but here goes …

In his review for the Herald-Leader, some guy wrote:

“… as the family drama gets down and dirty in Act II, we find that the play’s title applies to more characters than just Albert (the prodigal), and life isn’t made up of the black-and-white rights and wrongs to which Charles (his brother) has clung. Gone Astray taps themes we have seen from May before, notably compassion and understanding of people whose lives did not turn out the way they’d planned. … But Gone Astray is a more accomplished script, and it’s much more entertaining.”

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