Season 22

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NatureFarce of Nature

This Southern-fried farce highlights one day in the life of D. Gene and Wanelle Wilburn, owners of what used to be the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. Lately business is down, tourists are few, and the lone guest who’s just checked in—an extremely jittery Carmine DeLuca from Chicago is only there because he has to be. Gene is worried about the lodge. Wanelle has taken drastic steps to improve their love life through hypnotic suggestion. Maxie, the feisty sister, is battling to resume her career in law enforcement…even though she keeps losing both her gun and the bullets. Add a shady gangster, Sonny, in pursuit of his sexy wife, Lola; and Jenna, the seemingly innocent girlfriend of D. Gene and Wanelle’s son, Ty – whose patience has reached the breaking point after months of waiting for him to come home from his acting career in Chicago. In the deliciously funny romp that ensues, they all hide, lie, camouflage themselves and slam doors chasing one another. All the while trying to figure out the source of an increasingly awful stench. Yet by the delightfully chaotic climax of this one outrageous day, love blossoms, truths are revealed, and the lives of all—family, guests and gangsters alike—change in incredible and surprising ways. This is a side-splittingly funny show, guaranteed to win audiences over—hook, line, and sinker!

ChimneySorry! Wrong Chimney
(Christmas Comedy)

David Tuttle, a struggling executive, is moonlighting as a department store Santa so that he can buy his bride of 6 months a fur for Christmas. He tells her he’s working late at the office, but she finds out he isn’t at the office. With the help of her best friend Natalie, and her psychiatrist husband, William, they try to find out just who the suspected other woman is. Add to this, the arrival of a notorious Santa burglar Kris Kreigle and his doggedly devoted, gun-toting fiancée, and a confused policeman and you have a rollicking tale that is hilarious Christmas entertainment any time of year. A fast paced show, full of mistaken identities, zany foul-ups, uncomplicated laughter and fun with every moment.

GaslightGaslight (Angel Street)

A Broadway hit first produced on the West End under the title Gaslight and filmed twice, Angel Street tells the diabolical story of the Manninghams, who live on Angel Street in 19th century London. As the curtain rises, all appears to be the essence of Victorian tranquility. It is soon apparent, however, that Jack, a suavely handsome man, is slowly driving his gentle, devoted wife, Bella, to the brink of insanity with an insinuating kindness that masks more sinister motives. And, since Bella’s mother died of insanity, she is more than half convinced that she is going out of her mind. While her husband is out, she has an unexpected caller: amiable, paternal Inspector Rough from Scotland Yard. Rough is convinced that Jack is a homicidal maniac wanted for a murder committed fifteen years earlier in this very house, and fears Bella is in grave danger.  Gradually, the inspector restores Bella’s confidence in herself and, as the evidence against Manningham unfolds, the author has built and sustained some of the most brilliant, suspenseful sequences in modern theatre.

I Take This ManMan
(Screwball Farce)

When lovely Gideon Hollis a.k.a. Giddy spots an unconscious man in a tank top and shorts lying in Copley Square just after all other Boston Marathon racers have crossed the finish line, she reasons that since nice guys finish last, this must be Mr. Right! She has a helpful policeman tote him to her nearby apartment, shocking her roommate, Charlene, whose fiancé, Bret.  is due for a dinner date. When the comatose dreamboat revives and cannot remember who he is, Giddy tells him they are married. She regrets her subterfuge when he tries to be a loving husband. Complications escalate at a furious pace in this outrageous concoction of wild, warm, and lightning-paced hilarity that is perfect for the entire family.

MurderAnybody for Murder
(Hilariously Thrilling Comedy)

Not only an exciting thriller but an evening of hysterical comedy.  This ingenious play is written by the team that brought us A Sting in the Tale.  Max is planning to murder his wife Janet, collect her life insurance, and enjoy life with his girlfriend, Suzy when cousins Mary and George arrive on their Greek island with news: Mary and Janet are beneficiaries of a huge fortune. Plans and plots hatch, and soon everyone is bent on murder. All that stands in their way is the presence of the next door neighbor,  who knows a thing or two about murder, crime writer Edgar Chambers. This thrilling comedy is by the writer of the television series, The Avengers.

Blithe SpiritBlithe

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. As both the worldly and not so worldly  personalities clash, Charles’ current wife, Ruth, is accidentally killed. Who then “passes over,” joining Elvira – and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.