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2016 Season
 

By Robin Roberts
APRIL 28-MAY 14
Junior executive Brooke invites her boss and his wife over for dinner in the hopes of securing a promotion. While frantically getting ready, Brooke and her husband discover that the hired help is coincidentally the boss' ex-daughter-in-law. Just when it seems everything that could go wrong has gone wrong, Brooke's boss has an unfortunate announcement to make -- though not as unfortunate as the candlestick attack, appetizer toss, & general chaos that then ensues!


By Mat Smart
MAY 19 - JUNE 4

Vincent takes a spontaneous trip from his life in Chicago to the 13th arrondissement of Paris, carrying only a suitcase filled with the surprising love letters of his late grandparents. He soon gains advice from a dapper ghost in a pinstripe suit—his Parisian grandfather, Jacques.  Will Vincent learn how to see the romance in his own life? A delightful, whimsical romantic comedy guaranteed to inspire the  writing of good old-fashioned love letters.



By Marshall Karp
JUNE 9-25
Jerry Sloan & his wife are a happy, successful, married couple living with the not so happy Abe Dreyfus, Jerry's curmudgeon of a father-in-law. The situation is exacerbated when Jerry's mother Mildred looses her house in a fire and needs a place to stay. Abe and Mildred can't stand each other. This play is one hilarious confrontation after another, a comedic succession of squabbles, leading to the heart warming finale in which the oldsters discover that, really, each is not so bad. 


By Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke, and music and lyrics by Drew Jansen
JUNE 30 - JULY 16
A celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there, this musical comedy features 4 distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1965. They stave off potential disasters, share & debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the Pastor on course while thoroughly enjoying, (and tolerating) each other as the true "steel magnolias" of the church. 



By Sean Grennan
JULY 21 - AUG 6
Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy can’t help but wonder whether she truly deserves a second chance.  Meanwhile, Alice & Hank mourn the loss of their son, Jack, whose heart was used to save Joy.  At a friend’s urging, Joy tracks down Jack’s family to find closure.  But are Alice, Hank, and their daughter Sammy read to accept Jack’s death?  Based on a true story, humor and pathos are used to explore loss, family, and what it means to be given new life. From the author of last  season’s favorite, Making God Laugh.



By Sam Bobrick
AUG 11-27
Peggy has dragged her husband Frank off for a long weekend in a remote cabin with romance on her mind, while 
stick-in-the-mud Frank is wondering what they’re going to do all weekend.  They are soon interrupted by the arrival of Jill & Tony, a young, care-free couple that has rented the same cabin to 
celebrate their 4th year of cohabitation.  Friction and comedy ensue when the two couples agree to share the close quarters for the weekend.  A fun-filled comedy by the author of our 2011 audience favorite, The Psychic.



By Larry Gelbart
SEPT 1-17

Julian is forced to move in with his ex-wife and her new husband in order to recuperate from a sudden illness. With each passing day, the awkward situation spirals further and further out of control. As the laughter builds, the question becomes: how long will Julian have to stay? This bitingly funny December-December-December romance is a not-to-be-missed new comedy.



By: Brad Ross, Ellen Greenfield, Hal Hackady, & Annette Jolles 
SEPT 22 - OCT 8
This delightful story, told all in song, traces the lives of three friends who have known each other since childhood, exploring the long-time friendship that threatens to disintegrate when it becomes a love triangle. This charming musical review chronicles the emotional traps that catch us all as we confront the hilarity and heartbreak of living and loving. 

2015 Season
 

Book, Music, & Lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos, & Robert Gerlach.  Additional Music by Ed Linderman

April 30-May 16   (MUSICAL)

A zany, entertaining musical that takes a satirical poke at Agatha Christie mysteries & musical styles of the English music hall of the '30's.  One by one the English country house guests are knocked off by cleverly fiendish devices.  As the bodies pile up in the library, the survivors frantically race to uncover the identity & motivation of the cunning culprit.

 
By Sarah Quick

May 21-June 6

Elliston Falls has been spiraling into an economic depression after the closing of its paper mill.  When a chipper but overwhelmed tourism officer arrives to lend a hand, she discovers an unlikely business partnership in the three brassy friends that make up the local chapter of Weight Watchers.  Could the ladies' plan for a custom underwear business really be the town's salvation?  This hilariously irreverent comedy celebrates determination, entrepreneurial spirit, and the willingness to bare it all.



By Sean Grennan

June 11-27

In 1980, Ruthie & Bill's 3 grown children all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives.  We then follow this typical American family over the course of 30 years' worth of holidays.  As the time passes, the family discovers that, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations.  As Woody Allen once said, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."

 

 By William Repicci, Linda Thorsen Bond, & Charles Busch 

July 2-18  (MUSICAL)

Teavel back in time to a 1944 USO canteen show during World War II.  During America's greatest hour of need, the glamorous Hollywood star Marian Ames gathers her "gal pals" to entertain the troops overseas.  The girls prove their mettle by singing more than 20 musical hits heard during the WWII era including Don't Fence Me In, I'll Be Seeing You, Sing, Sing, Sing, Sentimental Journey, an Andrews Sisters medley, and many more!



By Eugenie Carabatsos 

July 23-August 8

This thought-provoking comedy follows Colin, a dead man who remains in his house and tries to interact with his family members. Each year her tries to get his ex-fiancée to realize that he is still very much around.  This year is different--she has decided to bring her new boyfriend.  Colin's plans to sabotage the relationship are thwarted when it turns out his presence may not be so invisible after all.

 
By Paul Elliott

August 13-29

When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night with the "girls," what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies?  If you're Connie, Leona, and Millie, you "borrow" the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest, most exciting night of your life - including a police raid, a stripper, and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you're truly living.

 
 By John Van Druten

September 3-19

Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered.  That's what happens when you fall in love with a witch.  But is it worth it?  Our good witch (well, fairly good) Gillian risks everything - if she falls for him she could lose her magical powers forever.  A classic romantic comedy.



By Stuart Ross

September 24-October 10  (MUSICAL)

A deliciously goofy musical review that pays homage to the close-harmony male singers of the 1950's.  The "Plaids" are four young, eager, male singers who never made it to their first big gig due to a fatal car crash.  Returning from the afterlife, they are given a chance to fulfill their dreams and finally perform the show that never was. Stroll down memory lane with this guaranteed smash featuring pop classics and clever patter that will have you rolling in the aisle.

2014

Bottoms Up!
A Love Affair
Piece of Cake
Suds
Five Tellers Dancing the Rain
Things My Mother Taught Me
Southern Comforts
Funny You don't Look Like a Grandmother

2013

Suite Surrender

Moonlight & Valentino
Same Time, Next Year
You Haven't Changed a Bit...and other lies
The Love List
Tuesdays with Morrie
Art of Murder
Bingo: the winning musical

2012
Not Another Nun Show
Silent Heros
The Last Romance
Bikinis
Shooting Star
Social Security
Man from Earth
Songs for a New World

2011
Sister Robert Ann's Cabaret Class
Steel Magnolias
eLove
Hotel on Marvin Gardens
Kitchen Witches
The Psychic
Vanities
Godspell

2010
The Fantastiks
The Dixie Swim Club
Mid-Life: the crisis musical
Proof
The Mousetrap
Harps & Harmonicas
Almost Maine
Nuncrackers