SUMMER 2013 SHOWS
by Larry Shue
8:10 P.M. May 30 (Preview Performance), 31, June 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
2:10 P.M. June 5, 9
We are thrilled to kick off our 45th season with one of the most popular plays we have ever presented: another joyous comedy from the author of last summer’s smash hit, THE FOREIGNER. The year is 1981 and, on the eve of his 34th birthday, mild-mannered architect Willum Cubbert is unhappy: his girlfriend is leaving town for a job half-way across the country, and he is trying to please a difficult client without compromising his professional ideals. Worst of all, he seems to lack the spirit to make any positive changes for himself. Then he receives an unexpected surprise: Rick Steadman, the man who saved his life 10 years earlier in Vietnam, but whom he never met, is coming for a visit. Willum is delighted to have the opportunity to thank his savior at last. There’s just one problem…Rick turns out to be a nightmare: an obnoxious, rude, bumbling oaf. And he’s planning on staying with Willum indefinitely. Rick’s nerdish impact on Willum’s world is at once hilarious (for the audience) and challenging (for Willum). But can sweet-tempered Willum find the gumption to confront a man to whom he owes so much? If so, Rick Steadman may have saved his life for a second time… Don’t miss this raucous comedy!
"…the audience almost never stops laughing—handkerchiefs wiping away tears of merriment…" —Variety
"…a spring tonic of side-bruising laughter…" —The Milwaukee Tribune
THE NERD is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
TOO MANY COOKS
By Douglas Hughes and Marcia Kash
8:10PM June 20 (Preview Performance), 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 July 2, 3, 5, 6
2:10PM June 26, 30
We are pleased to present the regional premiere of this newly-published farce! In 1932, America’s Prohibition laws have turned Niagara Falls, Canada into a hotbed of bootlegging and smuggling. Upright restaurateur Irving Bubbalowe and his lovely daughter Honey have shunned the money to be made through crime, however, and have sunk their life-savings into their gourmet eatery: Chateau Bubbalowe. They have even hired the world-famous singing chef Francois LaPlouffe to run their kitchen. On the day of their grand opening, however, LaPlouffe goes missing, threatening the restaurant’s very existence. Desperate, Honey persuades an unemployed short-order cook, Frank Plunkette to masquerade as LaPlouffe. Meanwhile, one of Chicago’s most notorious gangsters, Alfonse Feghetti shows up in search of a shipment of liquor that has mysteriously found its way to Bubbalowe’s basement. An immigration officer, the beautiful but business-like Veronica Snook shows up to charge LaPlouffe with subversive activities. And a tenacious, teatotaling Mountie shows up ready to charge anyone with anything. To keep his restaurant in business and himself out of the hands of both the mob and the law, Bubbalowe and his friends must resort to an ever more complicated series of deceptions and schemes. Mistaken identities, masquerades and misunderstood conversations all combine in classic farcical fashion - complete with a happy ending, of course. Don’t miss this new, side-splitting entertainment!
“Too Many Cooks was the most entertaining play I have ever seen! I’ve never laughed so hard…brilliantly written.” - CHCD Radio, Ontario
“A hilarious comedy…” – Simcoe Reformer
“Those who enjoy comedic farce will giggle non-stop,” – Port Dover Mable Leaf
"Too Many Cooks" is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
I LOVE A PIANO
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Conceived and Written by Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley
Musical Arrangements by Michael Berkeley
8:10PM July 11 (Preview Performance), 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
2:10PM July 17, 21
This hilarious and heartwarming celebration of the music of Irving Berlin is the perfect mid-summer entertainment! It tells the story of a piano that starts its life in a Chicago music store in 1910 and then goes on an American journey – being played in a speakeasy in the 20s, a movie theatre in the 30s, the Stage Door Canteen in the 40s and a Summer Stock theatre in the 50s. Along the way dozens of colorful characters gather around the piano to fall in love, go to war, put on a show…and above all, to sing and dance to dozens of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits, including “Blue Skies,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and “Always.” Don’t miss this dazzling celebration of America, the human spirit, and Irving Berlin!
“I Love a Piano captures the joy, wit, and nostalgia of Berlin’s melting pot ideal.” – Colorado Drama
“You will love I Love a Piano.” – Showtime Magazine
“If you’re looking for a shot of vibrant good spirits set to Berlin’s jazzy masterpieces, I Love a Piano is a powerhouse of delights.” – EDGE Boston
“I Love a Piano” is presented by special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.
LEND ME A TENOR
8:10PM Aug 1 (Preview Performance) 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
2:10PM Aug 11, 14, 18
It has been 10 years since our last production of this celebrated comedy from one of America’s funniest contemporary playwrights, and our audiences have been requesting a revival ever since. In 1934 the Cleveland Grand Opera company is presenting a gala production of Otello, starring the world-famous tenor, Tito Merelli - known to his fans as Il Stupendo. On opening night, however, Tito is discovered in his hotel suite, apparently dead from an overdose of sleeping pills. Desperate to save his production, the company’s general manager, Saunders, persuades his meek assistant Max (a gifted aspiring singer) to masquerade as the dead star for one performance - under the heavy make-up, who can tell the difference? Reluctantly, Max complies and he’s a hit. But when Tito turns out to be slightly less dead than Saunders thought, the complications begin. As Saunders and Max try desperately to cover-up their deception, they must contend not only with the confused tenor himself, but also with the company’s leading lady (a beautiful soprano out to seduce Il Stupendo), Tito’s insanely jealous wife, Saunders’ sweet daughter (whom Max has loved hopelessly for years), the ditzy chair of the opera guild, and a star-struck bellhop... mix it all together and you have the recipe for one of the most beloved comedies of the 20th century.
“A remarkable piece of theatre … a masterpiece … Author Ken Ludwig has verve, a sound grasp of plot mechanics and a rare ability to couple high art with low comedy.” - The London Times
“Free flowing honest-to-goodness unforced farce.” - New York Magazine
“Lend Me a Tenor (Ludwig)” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Visit Ken Ludwig's website: www.kenludwig.com