Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tucson: The Comedy Playhouse presents The Guest Retainer


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The Comedy Playhouse

The Guest Retainer opens October 15

Harry and Tom own the Hotel Jerskeet, in the middle of a New Jersey summer. At present, their only borders are mosquitoes, sand and a few "old fossils."  Harry and Tom hatch a plan to liven up the place and attract more guests.  They plan to hire a "Guest Retainer" to flatter and flirt with the women guests and, hopefully, light a fire under the "old fossils" and start up some interest in the place.  Well, their plan work better then they could have ever dreamed.  Soon, the "guest retainer" has his hands full and the hotel is jumping with business.  Now the only question that remains is will the hotel survive the guest retainer or will the guest retainer survive the guests.

The Guest Retainer was written by Carl Webster Pierce  

Featured performers in The Guest Retainer  include Alex Greengaarde, Tony Ekstat, John McRostie, Joan O'Dwyer, Tina Swope, Jamie Mellon and Paul Hammack.

The Guest Retainer  plays Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 from October 15 through November 27.  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.



The Dover Road runs through October 9

A. A. Milne's charming The Dover Road will run until October 9.  Milne, the author of Winnie-the-Pooh, was regarded as England's foremost playwright in the early part of the 20th century.  The success of his plays crossed the ocean and more than a dozen were produced on Broadway.


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.

The Dover Road has been enthusiastically received by audiences at The Comedy Playhouse.  Also, the cast enjoys staging and performing the play.  So, I wouldn't be at all surprised if we mount another Milne production in 2011.

The Dover Road plays Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday at 3:00 Through October 9..  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.


Upcoming at The Comedy Playhouse

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 renowned 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. Suite 154

Telephone: 260-6442



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