Mainstage 2010

CAUGHT IN THE NET

by Ray Cooney
May 6-8, 13-16, 20-22

We are launching our 62nd season with laughs—big laughs! And what’s wrong with that?! Master farce-writer Ray Cooney creates a sequel to Run for Your Wife that is a “sheer joy from beginning to end.” Here’s what we’ll tell you: One man, his two unsuspecting wives, an internet hook-up and, like every face-paced, hilarious farce, lots of doors!

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MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS

by Ron Hutchinson
May 27-29, June 3-6, 10-12

What happens when movie producer, David O. Selznick, halts the filming of Gone With the Wind three weeks into production, fires the director and insists the screenplay be completely re-written—in five days? What happens when the new screenwriter, Ben Hecht, has never even read the novel? And what happens when Selznick yanks director Victor Fleming off his Wizard of Oz set, and locks himself, Fleming and Hecht into an MGM office for five days straight with nothing but bananas, peanuts and a typewriter? Movie magic happens! Frankly, my dear, this is one funny play.

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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Music and lyrics by William Finn Book by Rachel Sheinkin
June 17-19, 24-27,July 1-3

May I have the language of origin, please? And are there any alternate definitions? This smash Broadway MUSICAL is irresistible. I-R-R-E-S-I-S-T-I-B-L-E. Irresistible. Six adolescents in the throes of puberty, quirky outsiders for whom a spelling bee is one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time, discover that winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. And you’ll want to brush up on your spelling since, at every performance, four audience members are selected to be part of the Bee! Funny, heartwarming and recommended for more mature family members.

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YEARS AGO

by Ruth Gordon
July 8-10, 15-18, 22-24

How does a young woman in 1913 from Wollaston, Massachusetts, convince her gruff sea-captain father that she doesn’t want to become a “physical culture instructress” but, instead, longs to leave for New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a stage actress? Not only will this delightful comedy be loved by the whole family, it is also based upon the true-life story of actress Ruth Gordon. Any dreamers in your family?

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THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION

by Aaron Sorkin
July 29-31, August 5-8, 12-14

The turning point of the 20th century wasn’t on television. It was television. In 1929 two ambitious visionaries race each other to invent an extraordinary apparatus called “television.” Separated by 2,000 miles, Philo Farnsworth, a brilliant Idaho farm boy, and a ruthless RCA executive named David Sarnoff compete to unravel the final mysteries that will “transmit moving pictures electronically through the air and then reassemble them at great distances all in a fraction of a second.” A compelling play from The West Wing creator, Aaron Sorkin, called “crackling prime-time theater.”

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LOST IN YONKERS

by Neil Simon
August 19-21, 26-29, September 2-4

When we first presented this Pulitzer Prize winning Neil Simon comedy in 1994, we held it over a week because of sold-out houses. Many have called this play the best Neil Simon has ever written. On a hot afternoon in August, 1942, two young boys are deposited to live with their stern Grandma Kurnitz and childlike Aunt Bella over the family’s candy store in Yonkers, New York. There are moments in this play when “you experience a new kind of laughter—a silent laughter that doesn’t explode into a yuk but implodes straight into your heart.”

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RED, WHITE AND TUNA

by Jaston Williams, Joes Sears and Ed Howard
September 9-11, 16-19, 23-25

The boys are back! And so are the eye-candy Texas gals they play! Can we even describe our over-the-moon elation when we learned that after nearly ten years of pursuing the production rights for this third Tuna play—we finally lassoed ‘em! Greater Tuna has been seen on our stage three times; A Tuna Christmas, almost five. This time there’s a case of pre-nuptial jitters for Bertha Bumiller on the eve of tying the knot with local disc jockey celebrity, Arles Struvie; Society maven Vera Carp is campaigning hard for the title of Reunion Queen; R.R. Snavely has been returned from an alien abduction to torment his almost ex-wife DiDi; and Aunt Pearl’s potato salad has been sitting in the sun too long at the annual Tuna Fourth of July picnic! Get ready for Texas-size howls of belly-laughter!

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SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM

by Kathleen Clark
September 30-October 2, 7-9, 14-16

We meet three engaging women on the sidelines of a soccer field who are preparing to take the field in a mothers vs. sons tournament. As the day unfolds, the competition ignites a fierce desire to recapture youthful good-humor, independence and sexiness, paving the way toward a better understanding of themselves, their families and the changes needed in their lives. “Let’s hear it for this diverting new comedy… puts the heart and ‘sole’ into comedy!”

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MAURITIUS

by Theresa Rebeck
October 21-23, 28-30, November 4-6

Stamp collecting is far more dangerous than you might think. After their mother’s death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister wants to collect on this windfall, while the other steadfastly refuses to sell her grandfather’s collection. Enter three shady, high-stakes collectors willing to con the sisters, and each other, to gain possession of the extraordinarily valuable Mauritius stamps—unless, of course, the stamps are forgeries. Tension is stitched into every twisty encounter—a gripping evening of theater. Adult language advisory.

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THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO

by Alfred Uhry
November 11-13, 18-20, 26, 27

Set in Atlanta in 1939, this poignant and romantic comedy opens on the eve of the world premiere of Gone With the Wind. At first glance, the Freitag household seems to be more concerned about who will be attending Ballyhoo, the social event of the holiday season, than with Hitler’s invasion of Poland. This Tony Award winning play, written by the author of Driving Miss Daisy, is both funny and revealing.

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A TUNA CHRISTMAS

by Jaston Williams, Joes Sears and Ed Howard
December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18

First Red, White and Tuna and now this silly, irreverent, side-spittin’ barrel of redneck monkeys—an audience holiday favorite. Radio personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on the Yuletide activities of the good folks of Tuna, Texas. Every so often we just have to spend the holidays with Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Vera Carp, Didi Snavely, Charlene and Stanley Bumiller and those cowboy lovin’ Tastee Kreme waitresses, Inita Goodwin and Helen Bedd. It’s back!! It is. It is. Order your tickets early!

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