The Man Who Came to Dinner
by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Sept. 7,8,9,13,14,15,16,21,22,23, 2007
A perpetual Broadway favorite!!!! Sheridan Whiteside, having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The Stanley living room is monopolized by the irascible invalid; ex-convicts are invited to meals; and transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility. It would take a stoical housewife to harbor penguins in her library, an octopus in her cellar, and 10,000 cockroaches in her kitchen. When Maggie, his secretary, falls in love with the reporter, Bert Jefferson, Whiteside summons a glamorous actress, Lorraine, to win the affections of the young man. Knowing the girl's charms, Maggie enlists the aid of a clever impersonator who, affecting the voice of Lord Bottomley, whom the actress hopes to marry, asks her by phone to return to him and be married. The ruse almost works, but Whiteside, becoming suspicious, finds that no calls have come through from London. In revenge, Lorraine suggests a three-week rewrite on a play of Bert's in which she feigns great interest. Lake Placid is to furnish the quiet for his inspiration, and she is to be his collaborator. The unexpected arrival of a mummy case, just as the relenting Whiteside is frantically seeking to get rid of Lorraine, furnishes a malicious idea. Many twist and turns bring this hilarious comedy to an unsuspected conclusion.
Dial "M" for Murder
by Frederick Knott
Nov. 2,3,4,8,9,10,11,16,17,18, 2007
This exciting melodrama had a highly successful run on Broadway and the road. "…original and remarkably good theatre—quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath." —NY Times. "It's a holiday for the whodunit fans, and, as such, it couldn't be more welcome." —NY Herald-Tribune. Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately…the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. But this doesn't baffle the husband: He sees his hireling's death as an opportunity to have his wife convicted for the murder of the man who tried to murder her, and that is what almost happens. Luckily, the police inspector from Scotland Yard and a young man who is in love with the wife race to discover the truth, and the final scene has been described as one of almost unbearable suspense.
by Tom Dulack
Jan. 4,5,6,10,11,12,13,18,19,20, 2008
The worlds of the Mafia and the theatre clash hilariously when a professorial playwright seeks funding for his new play from the family of a former student. The "family" turn out to be minor Mafia godfathers who are willing to underwrite the play provided they never have to read it. The fact that the lusty, unwed daughter of the house falls in love with the playwright only furthers his involvement with the Mob. "There is a buoyant joy to be had in the comic confrontation between two of the wackiest gangster chieftains ever to wack…" —NY Post. "There are funny lines throughout." —NY Daily News. "BREAKING LEGS is a crowd pleaser that should provide an additional layer of enjoyment for people in and of the theatre. It is what comedies on Broadway used to be like not that many years ago. Welcome back." —BackStage. The action occurs in an Italian restaurant owned by a successful mobster and managed by his beautiful unmarried daughter. When the daughter's former college professor arrives to ask for financial backing for a play he's written about a murder, the fun begins. The three main Mafiosi are intrigued with the idea of producing a play. The daughter becomes enamored of the playwright, who is delighted to have the family's support. His bubble is burst when he discovers, through the "accidental" death by train of a lesser thug, that his backers are gangsters. In this madcap situation, murder and menace are served up with plenty of pasta and laughter.
The Miracle Worker
by William Gibson
March 7,8,9,13,14,15,16,21,22,23, 2008
This stirring dramatization of the story of Helen Keller is one of the most successful and warmly admired plays of the modern stage. Blind and mute, and nobody knows what Helen's fate might have been had she not come under the tutelage of Annie Sullivan, an Irish girl who had been born blind. The Miracle Worker is principally concerned with the emotional relationship between the lonely teacher and her blind charge. Little Helen, trapped in her secret world, is bitter, violent, spoiled and almost animal like. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind waiting to be rescued from that dark, tortured silence. Annie's success with Helen comes only after some of the most turbulent, violent, and emotion packed scenes ever presented on the stage.
"Interesting, absorbing and moving." - N.Y. Post .
"Magnificent theatre." - N.Y. Daily Mirror .
by Neil Simon
May 2,3,4,8,9,10,11,16,17,18, 2008
Picking up where Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues ended, part three of Neil Simon's acclaimed autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of professional comedy writing while coping with the breakup of their family. Their efforts to come up with an idea for a comedy sketch sparkle with hilarity. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a comedy rendition of their trials and tribulations. Eugene wraps up the play by explaining that his parents finally divorced and he and Stan were launched on writing careers.
"Contains some of the author's most accomplished writing." - N.Y. Times.
"A lovely play; warm, perceptive and gently humorous." - Newsday.
"Expectedly funny and unexpectedly moving." - N.Y. Daily News.
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