Can technology bring two would-be lovers, kept apart by distance, together in BAT Theatre’s live online production of Eric Coble’s comedy For Better?

The show runs for four performances – from Dec. 12 through Dec. 20 – as part of BAT’s Shelter-in-place Season II. These are rehearsed performances, complete with costumes, props, scene changes, music and more.

A romantic comedy for the digital age, For Better asks the eternal question for our times: Do the bride and groom really need to be in the same country to go on a honeymoon?

Karen and Max are getting married. That is, if their nomadic jobs ever let them be in the same city at the same time.

But between them and wedded bliss are a blizzard of intercepted phone calls, erotic emails, online bridal gown shopping, and lost cell signals. Complicating matters are Karen’s friends and family, who have mixed feelings about her marriage to a man they have never met.

Can love conquer all? Can you hear me now? Wait, someone is calling in. For Better celebrates the strength of love, family and friendship in the face those things that distance us.

“Coble has a knack for capturing our cultural zeitgeist…It’s all ridiculously fun”

— Akron Beacon Journal

The performances are live online via Zoom so performers and audience can stay safely distanced in their own locations. Audiences get a chance to talk with the actors after the show.

The Cast and Director
Under the skilled direction of Isaiah C. Crowson, the talented cast includes Jamey Cheek (Wally), Annie Hirsch-St. John (Lizzie), Alexandra Novotny (Francine), V.J. Orduna (Michael), Jessica Robins (Karen) and Asa Sholdez (Stuart).

Tickets and Show Information”

Performances are:

    • Sat. Dec. 12 at 8 p.m.
    • Sun. Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.
    • Sat. Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.
    • Sun. Dec. 20 at 2 p.m.

As always, BAT’s Shelter-in-place Seasons are pay-what-you-will. If money is tight during Covid, see the show for as little as $1. If money is not so tight, help keep BAT alive during COVID-19 with a higher donation of any size.

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“BAT looks forward to seeing you at the show!”


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