“Coming Apart,” a romantic comedy by Fred Carmichael, opens Friday, March 14, at the Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre.
The play opens with a married couple simultaneously telling each other, “I want a divorce!” The writerly pair — he a humor columnist, she a romance novelist — spare no words in dissecting their rivalry-ridden relationship, offering differing versions of common experiences, including such seminal moments as their meeting and his proposal of marriage to her.
Helping negotiate these shoals are another couple: their mutual agent and her financier romantic interest.
Playing Frances and Colin Kittridge, the couple alternately trying to save and escape their marriage, are Mary-Ann Maloof and Angelo Procopio, both veterans of the local stage.
Nancy Green plays Sylvia Mallison and Randall C. Lyon plays Bert Stockton. Green has extensive theater experience and helped found the center theater. Lyon has performed in the Central Valley and makes his stage debut here four years after moving to Cambria from Visalia.
The 12-show run is directed by Elaine Fournier, who made her first theater appearance as a 15-year-old dancer in “Oklahoma!” at the SLO Little Theatre. She has since studied and taught theater and worked with many theater groups throughout the county.
Through April 6. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre, 1350 Main St., Cambria. $20 ($15 members, $5 students). Tickets at the theater from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and one hour prior to showtime, or online at brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 800-838-3006.