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Locally-produced professional live theater since
by Nicholas Van Hoogstraten, Martin Silvestri, and Joel Higgins
Musical • September 6 – October 21, 2018
is the madcap musical based upon the legendary Joan Crawford cult Western from the 1950s. It's a send-up of fifties style movie acting, melodramatic romance, and rough and tumble cowboy action. A sensational musical score echoes both doo-wop and steamy country ballads. Johnny Guitar
tells the story of a sultry saloon keeper and her jealous nemesis. And, when a handsome stranger rides into town, well, the stage is set for a hilarious show unlike anything the Old West has ever seen. "It's rip snorting screwy fun' with a touch of the "goofiness of a Mel Brooks spoof!"
by Danny Eaton
Comedy/Drama PREMIERE PRODUCTION • November 1 – December 9, 2018
Danny Eaton's newest play is a nostalgic story inspired by events from his own family history. Walt and Alice Whipple had four sons. They were, it could be said, an "all-American" family. When World War II broke out, sons Hank, Bill, and Ricky immediately joined the services. Teddy, the youngest son, remained, chomping at the bit to join up and do his part. Before they shipped out overseas, the other boys each married and sent their new wives back to spend the duration of the war with Walt and Alice, turning the house upside down and giving rise to the saying handed down through the generations: that "Walt Whipple was damn lucky to survive the war!" The War and Walt Whipple
is a loving and moving look back at a different time in America.
by Katori Hall
Historical Drama • January 3 – February 10, 2019
is a fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last night on earth, set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel — now the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Ironically, the play had its premiere in London, England, winning several awards and critical acclaim before returning home to America. After delivering his "I've been to the mountaintop" speech on behalf of the sanitation workers in Memphis, Reverend King retires to the Lorraine Motel to rest before another long day of campaigning. There he meets Camae, a beautiful maid, and at first their exchanges are flirtatious but soon change to a deeper dialogue about Martin’s hopes and fears. We see a different side of Martin Luther King: a man who is tired, flawed, yet — despite everything — is an inspiration. The Mountaintop
has been described as "a beautiful and startling piece, something magical, spiritual, and touching."
by Marc Camoletti
Comedy • February 21 – March 31, 2019
is a classic French farce, translated and adapted by Beverley Cross. It premiered in London in the 1960s, where it ran for an incredible seven years. The Broadway revival in 2008 garnered Tony awards for Best Actor, Mark Rylance, and Best Revival of a Play. In it we find an American architect and lothario named Bernard living in Paris, not far from Orly Airport. He’s "engaged" to three women, all air hostesses: one Italian, one American, and one German, all of course unknown to one another. For his part, Bernard has craftily arranged their rendezvous around their respective flight schedules into Orly. Things are going fine for Bernard, until one day he’s visited unexpectedly by Robert, an old school chum from Wisconsin, and of course, the various flight schedules get changed and the three women begin showing up at once. Boeing-Boeing
is a madcap, politically incorrect, door-slamming romp of a comedy!
by Roger Bean
Musical • April 11 – May 26, 2019
It's 1958, and it's the Super Senior Prom at Springfield High School. There's only one problem: Billy Ray Patton, the lead singer of The Crooning Crabcakes, has been suspended — and they're the scheduled performers for the night! As a last-minute replacement, the Wonderettes (Cindy Lou, Missy, Betty Jean, and Suzy), the third-place finishers in the State Song Leaders competition, not only get the gig but come back ten years later to perform at their reunion. Through popular songs like "Dream Lover", "Stupid Cupid", "Lipstick On Your Collar", and many others from both the 50s and 60s, all in four-part harmony, we learn about the friendship, hopes, and dreams of these four women. The Marvelous Wonderettes
premiered at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and then ran for over two years at the El Portal Theater in Los Angeles before a run Off-Broadway in New York. The show has been hailed as a "cotton candy musical trip down memory lane!"