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Announcing Live Theatre Workshops 2007 Summer Season and their 2007-2008 Season!

Live Theatre Workshop presents
Its 2007 Summer Season

CHAPTER TWO, Neil Simon Directed by Doug Mitchell
"Lovely whimsical and touching and . . . always funny. . . . Most of the time downright hilarious." N.Y. Post .
Based on part of Neil Simon's life, Chapter Two mixes laughter with heartache. George Schneider, a writer whose wife has recently died, returns to a lonely apartment. His younger brother Leo, a theatrical press agent and born matchmaker, tries to snap George out of his emotional tailspin by supplying him with unwanted and unsuccessful dates. Then Leo comes up with Jennie Malone ...and she's a winner. Still, it's a rocky road ahead for the not so young lovers. George struggles with contradictory impulses to embrace a new life but remain faithful to the old. George and Jennie stumble on, tripping over George's pent up emotions and Jennie's wariness born of her recent marital fiasco. In a hilarious, farcical subplot, Leo has a fling with Faye, Jennie's dizzy and neurotic married friend.

THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, George Axelrod, Directed by Sabian Trout
"One of the theater's biggest comedy hits -- original and funny…"
—NY Times."
Richard Sherman roams restlessly around his empty apartment, bemoaning the fact that his wife of seven years, and their son, have just walked out on him. Then, without warning, a gigantic flower pot tumbles down from an overhead balcony, nearly putting him permanently out of his misery. The jarring event has a strange effect on Richard. He now sees his marriage as wasted time and feels it necessary to exercise his libido as quickly as possible. Suddenly reborn, he invites the delectable doll who lives on the floor above down for an evening of temptation. The night doesn't quite go the way he thought it would, as morality and guilt sneak into his head. In his conscience—literally following him about the apartment—a soul-struggle of heroic and hilarious proportions ensues.

THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES, Frank D. Gilroy, Directed by Chuck Rankin
Pulitzer Prize, 1965; Best Play of the Year, N.Y. Drama Critics.
The action in this engrossing drama is deceptively simple. A son who went away to war as a pampered boy comes back as a man of his own, and the varying effects on his mother and father are devastating. The family want to love one another, to relive the good old times and build some better ones together, but they find it impossible to communicate. They have grown irrevocably apart, and can no longer reconcile the dream and the reality. A polka throws mother and son into fits of laughter; but then, this isn't the boy she remembers at all. His father gives up a lucrative business appointment to take him to a ball game, and they have a whale of a time; but the next morning the rancor of husband and wife turns sour the love of father for son. They want to love one another, but do not know how.

Live Theatre Workshop proudly presents
its 2007-2008 Season

10/18/07-11/25/07 CACTUS FLOWER by Abe Burrows
Directed by Cliff Madison
A dentist stays single by telling his many girlfriends that he is married and has three children. His story backfires when he falls in love and asks the lady to marry him. She demands to see his wife and the children -- and he has to produce a wife to assuage the girlfriend's conscience. The laughs never stop as his trusted dental assistant pretends to be his wife -- and she blossoms like a cactus flower the moment she steps out of her starched uniform. "You will find the jokes fast and funny, the situation becoming funnier as the play skips along." N.Y. Times .

11/29/07-01/6/08 THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO,
By Alfred Uhry, Directed by Sabian Trout
Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play. "Everything falls into place in this…winning new play…wonderfully crafted script." —Variety
THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta's elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala's last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Lala is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down. This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala's cousin. The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

01/10/08- 02/17/08 PRIVATE LIVES by Noel Coward, Directed by Roberta Streicher
Revived in 2002 by the Royal National Theatre in a production that sparkled on Broadway, Private Lives is one of the most flippant plays ever written. Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Eventually there is a knock down drag out fight which opens the eyes of Elyot and Amanda, who then steal off together a second time. A unique play with four successful Broadway runs. "Gorgeous, dazzling, fantastically funny." N.Y. Times .

02/21/08-03/30/08 DANCING AT LUGHNASA by Brian Friel,
Directed by Sabian Trout
Winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Play, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. This extraordinary play is the story of five unmarried sisters eking out their lives in a small village in Ireland in 1936. It is the time of the festival of Lughnasa, which celebrates the pagan god of the harvest with drunken revelry and dancing. Their spare existence is interrupted by brief, colorful bursts of music from the radio, their only link to the romance and hope of the world at large. When the sisters finally dance to a wild, pagan Irish tune, they embody the core of the human spirit that cannot be vanquished by time or loss, or fully expressed in language. "…this play does exactly what theater was born to do, carrying both its characters and audience aloft on those waves of distant music and ecstatic release that, in defiance of all language and audience aloft on those waves of distant music and ecstatic release that, in defiance of all language and logic, let us dance and dream just before night must fall." —NY Times

04/03/08-05/04/08 PERFECT CRIME by Warren Manzi,
Directed by Chuck Rankin
This cat and mouse thriller is one of Off Broadway's longest running hits. Margaret Thorne Brent, psychiatrist and author, has returned to America with her husband, also a psychiatrist, and settled in an affluent Connecticut community where at least one bizarre murder has taken place. Inspector James Ascher, the local cop, becomes obsessed with Margaret, her patients and their sitting room, where he believes the solution to the murder lies. "Sends electric thrills up the spine!" N.Y. Times.

05/08/08-06/08/08 HOME by David Storey
Directed By Sabian Trout
On a bare terrace stroll two old gentlemen, who greet each other courteously. They discuss topics the past, school days, climate, the sea, moustaches, the war, families, etc. Are they perhaps in a small private hotel? We feel that something is not quite normal, but soon enough we realize we are actually on the grounds of a mental hospital, and these people are patients. N.Y. Critics award, Best Play of the Year."It is a remarkable play and, a notable one . . . striking and strangely moving and dramatic . . . " N.Y. Post. "

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