2018 Main Stage 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
A Love Affair
Piece of Cake
Five Tellers Dancing the Rain
Things My Mother Taught Me
Funny You don't Look Like a Grandmother
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
Not Another Nun Show
The Last Romance
Man from Earth
Songs for a New World
Sister Robert Ann's Cabaret Class
Hotel on Marvin Gardens
The Dixie Swim Club
Mid-Life: the crisis musical
Harps & Harmonicas