Past Shows

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Clever Dick

by Charles Marowitz
Directed by Catherine Pappas

Nov. 28, 29, 30 & Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 2014

In this send-up of the classic British whodunit, the lord of the manor meets an unexpected and inexplicable end, a Scotland Yard inspector comes to investigate, and suspects multiply by the minute. In his dogged pursuit of the truth, the intrepid detective unearths shocking details of the decadent lives of the denizens of the great house, while we are treated to a riotous sex farce and a first-rate social satire.


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Farragut North

by Beau Willimon
Directed by Jane Toczek

Sep. 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, Oct. 2, 3, 4, 2014

Taking place on the presidential primary campaign trail in Iowa, this is a story of one young man’s trajectory in the career of press secretary to a front runner for the nomination. Its thriller-like plot draws us into a world where the lust for power and outsized egos mandate that winning be the one and only name of the game. A highly entertaining and insightful tragi-comedy of backroom political intrigue and manipulation.


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The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife

by Charles Busch
Directed by Dave Ebersole

Jun. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 2014

A well-to-do Manhattan housewife with intellectual and artistic inclinations finds herself facing a mid-life crisis. Feeling unwanted and inadequate, she suddenly has to cope not only with an almost ideal husband and a kvetchy mother, but also with another woman who suddenly enters her life – a gorgeous creature of infinite talents and contacts, who feels fulfilled and happy. This long-running Broadway hit is a savvy satire of urban upper middle class life-styles.


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The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Yaga Brady

Mar. 28, 29, 30, Apr. 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 2014

Two young society women fall in love with two men because their first names are Ernest, and those two gentlemen, whose first names are in fact not Ernest, both pretend it to be so …Written in 1895, this comedy/farce was intended as a satire on Victorian society’s hypocrisies, the silliness of ‘correct’ behavior, and idleness in the lives of the English upper classes. The author’s uncommon wit and depth of perception makes what he wrote then ring totally fresh, funny, and edgy even today.


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Bee-luther-hatchee

by Thomas Gibbons
Directed by Barbara Mills

Jan. 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, Feb. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 2014

After the published memoirs of an elderly black woman become a literary sensation, Shelita Burns, an ambitious young editor, and discoverer of the book, attains celebrity status in New York publishing circles. But when subsequent revelations concerning the author of the memoirs are disclosed to Shelita, she feels that her deepest self has been compromised and her career greatly imperiled. The play unfolds as an intriguing personal mystery as well as a compelling discourse on the nature of art, history, and racial prejudice.


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The Mousetrap

by Agatha Christie
Directed by Loretta Lucy Miller

Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 2013

With a blizzard raging outside and telephones dead inside, a group of assorted eccentric individuals find themselves trapped in an English country mansion turned hotel. One of the guests is murdered, and the others including the hosts become suspects, with the audience kept in the dark as to the killer’s identity until the very end. This classic by the mistress of the whodunit has delighted London audiences for over sixty years, the longest continuously-running production in world theater history.


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Superior Donuts

by Tracy Letts
Directed by Jane Toczek

Sep. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 2013

Arthur Przybyszewski, an aging hippie who owns a donut shop, has over the years disconnected from his family and lost the drive to run his business. His life takes a turn when an enthusiastic 21-year old African-American would-be writer shows up at his shop looking for a job. Taking place in a contemporary urban setting, this play tells a story of human hopes, failures, and triumphs with poignancy and humor. By the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning author.


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Play It Again, Sam

by Woody Allen
Directed by David Flagg

Jun. 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, 2013

Allan Felix, who has just been dumped by his wife, is desperate to connect with another woman and dreams of a really BIG romance. Problem is, as he struggles to find an ideal partner in love, his neuroses, awkwardness, and insecurity with the opposite sex keep getting in the way. A movie buff and professional film critic, Allan has this thing about Humphrey Bogart, embodiment of machismo, epitome of cool … so he tries to tap into some of Bogart’s technique. As Allan muddles through real-life set-ups and let-downs, failed dates and panic attacks, Bogey indeed comes to his rescue – lurking in the shadows offering helpful pointers, zingers, words of wisdom, and … hope. Play It Again, Sam is an endearingly funny and keen-witted saga about love, sex, and neuroses. One typical critical reaction: “Hilarious … a cheerful romp. … audaciously brilliant …” – The New York Times. Woody […]


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Ruined

by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Catherine Pappas

April 2013

You’ll want to be sure to put this multi-award winning play on your theatrical to-do list. In the story, set during the seemingly endless horrific civil conflict raging in today’s Democratic Republic of the Congo, shrewd businesswoman Mama Nadi runs a bar and brothel near a mining town, her place at once a ‘neutral zone’ for rebel and government soldiers looking for a good time, and a refuge for the scarred and suffering women she both profits from and protects. As the action unfolds and warring factions battle it out, women driven to the limits of what the human spirit can bear struggle simply to survive. Based on true reports of conditions endured by those caught in the hell of war, this play affords a haunting portrayal of compelling and resilient characters and draws the onlooker into a narrative which grabs attention and doesn’t let go. In the words of […]


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Mrs. Warren’s Profession

by George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Barbara Mills

Feb. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 2013

Mother and daughter, equally strong-willed, collide in their differing world views in Victorian England. A classic work by the master of wit and wisdom, and champion of social reform, this play deftly depicts the universal conflict between the generations as well as the mores and morals of society of the period. Written in 1893, this witty and delightfully provocative piece retains its freshness and relevance in today’s world. This provocative comedy of morals and ideas, set in late Victorian England, is the author’s scathing critique of the restrictions placed upon women by society of the time. It is also a portrayal of generational conflict – a study of two strong women, mother and daughter, each determined to hold to their respective world views and life choices. The story transpires over a weekend during which young Vivie Warren, freshly graduated from Cambridge after a lifetime of boarding schools and only brief […]



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