The Seven Year Itch

Friday Sep 6, 2013

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2900 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Phone: 505-247-8600
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George Axelrod's lighthearted look at marital infidelity, viewed through the lens of 1950s morality.

"The Seven Year Itch" phrase became popular among psychologists in mid-20th century, referring to the urge to stray after seven years of marriage.As the play opens, Richard Sherman is alone in his apartment, with his wife and child away for the summer. When a tomato plant crashes onto his terrace from the apartment above, the jarring experience has a strange effect: He begins to see his seven-year marriage as unexciting and suddenly itches to exercise his libido. Inviting the attractive upstairs neighbor down for a drink, Sherman undergoes a soul struggle of hilarious proportions as he contemplates seduction.

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Go ahead, scratch it

If you’re itching for some good live theater, it’s best to go ahead and scratch. Luckily for you, The Vortex’s production of The Seven Year Itch, running through Sept. 15, is sure to bring relief. This three-act play ultimately became the legendary film starring Marilyn Monroe. (Remember the iconic scene with Monroe’s white dress flying up in a burst of air from a subway grate? Yeah, thought so.) The story focuses on Richard Sherman, whose wife of seven years is traveling with their son. Left home alone, he reads that some men have affairs after seven years of marriage and questions his own union. Then an encounter with an attractive neighbor puts his fidelity in real jeopardy. Sherman invites her for a drink, fancying himself a ladies’ man, and his fantasies build as he spends more time with the object of his infatuation. Eventually Sherman flirts with temptation one too many times, makes a move and must live with the consequences. Can you say “mid-life crisis”? The play is more risqué than Hollywood’s sanitized version and crammed with all the comedy that has endeared it to audiences for decades. So go ahead, scratch. And you’d better hurry—just two weekends remain. At the Vortex (2004 1/2 Central SE) Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $18; visit or call 247-8600. (Kristi D. Lawrence)

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