Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tucson: The Comedy Playhouse presents The Dover Road


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The Comedy Playhouse


"Come for the fun of it!"

August 2010 Newsletter

The Dover Road to open August 27

A couple plans a romantic escape to France.  On their way, their car breaks down on the Dover road.  They are forced to take refuge in a remote house owned by the mysterious Mr. Latimer.  Over the course of a late supper, Mr. Latimer reveals that the breakdown may not have been as accidental as the couple thought. 

The couple soon learns that there is another couple staying in the house.  During the next few days, Mr. Latimer teaches the four "strangers" about love and life in this charming play by A. A. Milne, the author of "Winnie the Pooh."

A. A. Milne was a successful playwright in 1926, when his wife insisted he write the book that he was longing to write.  That book was Winnie-the-Pooh.  He followed it in 1926 with The House on Pooh Corner.  If you find his children's book charming, you'll find The Dover Road to be just as charming.

Featured performers in The Dover Road include Bruce Bieszki, Drew Kallen, Cristin Phibbs, Mike Saxon, Tina Swope and Sean O'Connell.

The Dover Road plays Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 3:00.  Admission is $18.00 with discounts available.  The Comedy Playhouse is located at 3620 N. 1st Ave. at the corner of 1st Avenue and Prince Road.  Call 260-6442 for reservations.

Picture Credit: Bruce Bieszki and Cristin Phibbs  Photo by Sean O'Connell

Marriage Margin Call closing August 22

This weekend is your last chance to see the romantic comedy Marriage Margin Call.

Margaret Bickerdyke has two daughters, Sadie and Avice.  Sadie is a young widow whose husband was lost on a hunting expedition in Africa.   She's aloof and bored and no longer interested in love.  The problem is that she attracts men like flies and younger sister Avice never gets a second look.  Money is starting to run low and Mama's stock portfolio isn't performing well.

It's Sadie's birthday and suitors are lining up. In the line, are a Captain, a Professor and a Stockbroker.   Is romance in the air for Sadie, Margaret or Avice?

Sydney Grundy was an expert in dialogue.  You'll find the snappy exchanges between Sadie and the Captain to be in the style of Noel Coward.

Marriage Margin Call plays Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday at 3:00.  Seats are filling fast, so make your reservations now.  Admission is $18.00 with discounts available for seniors and students.  Call 260-6442 for reservations.

Picture Credit: Frank Solis and Lois Lederman  Photo by Bruce Bieszki

August Actor of the Month

Denise Blum

Denise took some acting courses while studying at the University of Washington.  Those courses inspired to take the full acting series offered by the Contemporary American Theater Company in Columbus, Ohio.  During a stay in La Serena, Chile, she was one of the founding members  of the International Acting Theater Company.  You may have seen her around town in shows at Top Hat Comedy Club, Arid Rose Theater, Beowulf Alley, the Old Pueblo Playwrights festivals and Live Theater Workshop.  Among her favorite roles are Ms. Hornblow in Warren Bodow's (How I got my) MFA, Hester Titheridge in Bruce Fisk's Strawberry Jam, and Natalia Stepanovna in Checkov's The Proposal.

Upcoming at The Comedy Playhouse

The Guest Retainer

By Carl W. Pierce

October 15 – November 27

The proprietors of a failing hotel hatch a scheme to generate business.  They'll hire a "guest retainer" to show attention to their female guests, word will get around and they'll have more female guests.  At the very least, the plan should invigorate the hotel's male guests.  They hire the guest retainer and now the question is:  Will the hotel survive the guest retainer or will the guest retainer survive the guests?

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

Dramatized by James Gooden

Starring James Gooden

December 1 – December 30

James Gooden returns to The Comedy Playhouse to perform his version of A Christmas Carol.  Miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by ghosts on Christmas eve, who teach him the error of his ways and the real meaning of Christmas.  Make this music filled journey of redemption part of your holiday tradition.

The Big Idea

By A. E. Thomas and John Hamilton

January 7 – February 20

Writer Richard Howard needs $25,000 fast.  The problem is that the short stories he writes don't generate that kind of money.  Enter his friend, Elaine Foster, who suggests that he write a play about his predicament.  Richard does, but soon the line between his play and his life becomes so blurred, he can't tell which is which.  Can he finish his play in time to see how his life turns out?  Denise Blum and Paul Hammack star.

Holmes and Watson II

By Arthur Conan Doyle

February 25 – April 10

Tony Eckstat and Drew Kallen return again to reprise their roles as the world famous sleuth and his stalwart partner in this all new dramatization of the renown short stories

Her Husband's Wife

By A. E. Thomas

April 15 – May 29

Irene Randolph is a hypochondriac who believes she has only months to live.  She's worried that after her "death" there will be no one to watch over her husband Stewart.  Enter Irene's friend Emily a shy, quite, mouse of a woman.  Who could be a better caretaker?  Emily accepts the job. To Irene's surprise, shy Emily soon turns into the "hottest" girl in town.  Now, who's going to be Her Husband's Wife?

The Comedy Playhouse

3620 N. 1st Ave.

Telephone: 260-6442

Website: www.thecomedyplayhouse.com

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