It’s the story of a bizarre love triangle involving art critic and essayist John Ruskin, Ruskin’s wife Effie Gray, and Ruskin’s protégé, painter John Everett Millais. In 1853, the trio went on holiday to Scotland as the best of friends; when they returned, the painter loathed his mentor and was passionately in love with his mentor’s wife.
Murphy’s drama ran for two years Off-Broadway before being staged on London’s West End. The Ghent Playhouse brings it home to the states, in a production directed by Kate McCready Gulliver and starring Todd Hamilton, Anya Krawcheck, Cathy Lee-Visscher, Michael Meier, Glenn Barrett and Lael Locke.
The Countess opens tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 12) at the Ghent Playhouse (Town Hall Place, off Route 66, Ghent) and runs through Oct. 28. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets are $18, $15 members. For more info, call 392-6264.