Mainstage 2008

Laughing Stock

by Charles Morey

This hilarious backstage farce is the perfect comedy to launch Little Lake Theatre’s 60th anniversary season. What a find! A genuinely affectionate look into the world of a rustic summer “barn” playhouse, this comedy follows a group of well-intentioned thespians from outrageous auditions through mischievous rehearsals to opening nights fraught with wildly funny disasters. There is no doubt this play will perfectly nudge Little Lake company members to giggle at themselves while, at the same time, provide lots of audience-pleasing laughter.

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by Mitch Albom

We’ve caught you reading the headlines while standing in line at the Giant Eagle: Elvis Opens Frozen Yogurt Stand on Jupiter or Pack of Wild Cocker Spaniels Terrorizes Wyoming. In this comedy by Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie; The Five People You Meet in Heaven) we discover the story behind the headlines. What happens when a jaded tabloid reporter and his reluctant photographer are sent to report on two bumbling brothers who swear they have shot an angel out of the sky? Lots of laughs and a few sweet revelations!

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by Robert Harling

What better time to visit dear old friends from Truvy’s Beauty Salon than during our 60th season?! And what a homecoming it will be! Gossip, wise-crackling humor, and a huge dose of Southern hospitality are in store when M’Lynn, Shelby, Annelle, Miss Clairee and Ouiser (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for 40 years!”) gather for washing, combing, setting and more than a little teasing.

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by Alan Bennett

We are thrilled to present the Pittsburgh area premiere of this superbly-written, multi award-winning play. A group of spirited and bright teenage boys, while in the midst of their adolescent pursuits of both sex and sport, are also preparing for their university entrance exams. This brilliant comic drama “exploring staffroom rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provokes insistent questions about history and how you teach it; about education and its purpose.” Critics have raved: “Madly enjoyable…” “Brilliantly funny … moving, disquieting…” “In short, a superb, life-enhancing play.” The play contains adult language and subject matter—not recommended for children.

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by Ken Ludwig

Midsummer always seems to be the perfect time to enjoy a wildly entertaining, screwball comedy, and this one guarantees a wild romp of desperate measures and giddy mischief. The Cleveland Grand Opera has imported world-famous tenor, Tito Merelli, to launch its gala 1934 season. Suddenly, when it is discovered that the famous star is missing, indisposed, unconscious or maybe dead—the plot thickens and so does the laughter!

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Book by Neil Simon. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager

A classic, and totally charming, boy meets girl love story. The boy, Vernon Gersch, is a hugely successful, yet amusingly neurotic composer. The girl, Sonia Walsk, a quirky and big-hearted lyricist. Will they tumble hopelessly in love?-or is it clearly not a match made in heaven? This beguiling MUSICAL is a perfect fit for our intimate stage.

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by Don Margulies

“Write about what you know”—isn’t that what they say? In this “exquisitely authentic and entertaining” comedy, Eric Weiss writes about his own Brooklyn upbringing, and his novel, after skyrocketing up the best seller list, is on its way to becoming a Hollywood film. Trouble is, in the middle of this newly found success, the writer is called home to Brooklyn—and what is it they say about going home again?? Don Margulies (Dinner With Friends) makes this play’s familiar themes “fresh and pleasurable—and as universal as breakfast bagels.”

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by Caroline Smith

Paula Deen and Martha Stewart ain’t got nothin’ on Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle! Watch out as these two women, sworn enemies for 30 years, end up co-hosting the same cable channel cooking show. The audience is thrown right into the middle of the on-camera antics—and this hilarious rivalry is a sure-fire recipe for laughter.

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by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz

The suspense and intrigue in this story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Catherine, gentle and painfully shy, is suddenly pursued by a clever and debonair man. She falls desperately in love. Are the young man’s intentions honorable, or as her wealthy, domineering father suspects, is he a calculating fortune-hunter? This drama based upon the Henry James novel, Washington Square, takes unexpected twists and turns throughout.

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by Jeff Daniels

Last season, our audiences adored Escanaba in da Moonlight. To our delight, Jeff Daniels has written a hilarious companion comedy. Same Soady deer camp back in 1944. The Soady elders anticipate the arrival of young Albert Soady, Jr. who is about to head off to serve his country. What happens when, instead of showing up to celebrate the opening of deer-hunting season, Albert shows up to honeymoon with his new bride, Big Betty Balou?

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Based upon A Christmas Story©, 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.

The hit is back for another Christmas season!! To remind you of this holiday gem need we say more than “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”? For those folks who haven’t been near a television set during the Christmas holidays for the past 20 years, we will tell you that this story of young Ralphie Parker and his campaign to receive a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas has become a beloved classic—and one that guarantees howls of laughter from adults and kids alike. Please note: Wednesday night and Saturday and Sunday matinee performances added.

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