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Lifetime of experiences in 'Smallest Room'


PORTSMOUTH — The premiere of "The Smallest Room in the House," by Paul H. Goodwin, takes the stage July 5-14 at the Players' Ring, 105 Marcy St.

The play centers on the marriage of John and Margie, beginning with their honeymoon in 1957. Featuring five actors and five acts, the story follows the pair, their children and best friend over the next 50 years, all unfolding from the an unlikely spot in the house.

"The play started as a simple idea about an ordinary couple, ... who like some of my parents' generation, built their own homes and lived in them for 50 or more years," says Goodwin. "Also, what room would tell the most intimate story? The bathroom. But I was afraid if I called it 'The Bathroom' people might get the wrong idea. That's how it became 'The Smallest Room in the House.' While the play begins in 1957, we check in on them again in 1962, 1977, 1987 and, finally, 2007.

Show are at 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 9 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10-$12. Call 436-8123 or visit playersring.org for more details.