Mainstage 2011

TUNA DOES VEGAS

by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard
May 5-7, 12-15, 19-21

Arles and Bertha are heading for the Hula Chateaux in Sin City to renew their wedding vows—and the rest of Tuna, Texas is muscling in on their romantic getaway. As hard as we tried, we couldn’t resist reserving our own seats on Budget Bird Airlines (Their motto: “We get you there one way or another.”) Come along for the laughs—showgirls, jackpots—and, remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

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MORNING’S AT SEVEN

by Paul Osborn
May 26-28, June 2-5, 9-11

This one will charm your socks off—and make you laugh out loud. Cora and Ida and Arronetta and Esther are sisters who have lived practically next door to one another all their lives. And now, Ida’s son, Homer, is bringing his girl home to meet the aunts—after 12 years of dating! Will Homer finally marry? This darling comedy won the Tony Award for Best Broadway Revival.

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STANTON’S GARAGE

by Joan Ackermann
June 16-18, 23-26 ,June 30-July 2

Here’s a title you probably don’t know—but don’t let that stop you. You are in for an evening of richly drawn oddballs and lots of laughs. On their way to a wedding, a Chicago surgeon and her fiancé’s teenage daughter are stranded with their broken-down car in a small-town service station on a Missouri highway. There is just too much going on in this rural burg for anyone to rush the problem-solving (“We don’t see many Volvos.”)

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COMIC POTENTIAL

by Alan Ayckbourn
July 7-9, 14-17, 21-23

Have you heard about Watson, the new Jeopardy champion? Does that computer freak you out just a little? Then let us introduce you to JC-F31-triple 3, or Jacie for short. Jacie is an “actoid,” a beautiful robotic actress who surprises everyone with her unexpected sense of humor, her desire to learn about comic double takes, custard pies and falling in love. This heartfelt and hilarious comedy is set in the not-too-distant future when everything has changed except human nature. “This is not potential comedy but comedy fulfilled.” – Susannah Clapp, The Observer

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THE LOVE LIST

by Norm Foster
July 28-30, August 4-7, 11-13

Bill is celebrating his 50th birthday and his best friend, Leon, has come up with the perfect gift: a matchmaking service guaranteed to kick start Bill’s love life. All he has to do, Leon explains, is compile a list of the 10 qualities he most desires in a woman. (“Large breasts,” he advises. “A sense of humor is very overrated.”) What happens when the perfect woman arrives? Be careful what you wish for, gentlemen.

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Jane Austen’s EMMA

adapted by Michael Bloom
August 18-20, 25-28, September 1-3

Pledging never to marry, the mischievous and beguiling Miss Emma Woodhouse, nevertheless believes herself to be the “matchmaker of Highbury.” Her newest project, Harriet Smith, has already received a proposal of marriage but Emma insists she knows best and schemes to find a more suitable match for Harriet. As she puzzles and blunders her way through the mysteries of the heart, we meet a cast of unforgettable characters in a tale that brilliantly reflects Jane Austen’s mastery of wit, irony and wisdom. This romantic comedy is a summertime confection of the most delicious order.

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FIVE COURSE LOVE

Book, music and lyrics by Gregg Coffin
September 8-10, 15-17, 22-24

What a gem of a MUSICAL COMEDY this is—we are delighted to introduce this area premiere to our audiences. Three actors play fifteen different characters in five different restaurants searching for one true love. The recent New York production received high praise: “Coffin’s score is tuneful and his lyrics are witty… deliciously silly and unexpectedly poignant.”

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BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

by Neil Simon
September 29-October 1, 6-8, 13-15

It’s hard to pick a favorite Neil Simon comedy—but this may be it. An absolutely uplifting comedy about two quirky newlyweds, their eccentric neighbor, and a dizzy mother-in-law—all set in a New York City 6th floor walk-up apartment. This breezy play is a walk in the park!

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TUNA DOES VEGAS

by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard
October 20-22, 27-29, November 3-5

Arles and Bertha are heading for the Hula Chateaux in Sin City to renew their wedding vows—and the rest of Tuna, Texas is muscling in on their romantic getaway. As hard as we tried, we couldn’t resist reserving our own seats on Budget Bird Airlines (Their motto: “We get you there one way or another.”) Come along for the laughs—showgirls, jackpots—and, remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!

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A SHAYNA MAIDEL

by Barbara Lebow
November 10-12, 17-19, 25- 26

A Shayna Maidel (Yiddish for “pretty girl”) is the story of two sisters reunited after having been separated by fate twenty years earlier. Set in the aftermath of the Holocaust, it is at heart the story of a family mending unspeakable wounds and tenderly piecing their family back together. The New York Times called it “a tribute to the sustaining power of family and to man’s indomitability.” We think it is a beautiful play to see with your family at Thanksgiving-time.

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EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD
(and then some)

By Michael Carleton, Jim Fitzgerald and John K. Alvarez
December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17

The title gives you a hint of this joyful, spirited, high-energy, hilarious romp through Christmases past, present and future. Rudolph meets fruitcake meets Jacob Marley meets A Miracle on 34th Street. All in about 90 minutes. With three actors, a cup of spiked egg nog and a partridge in a pear tree. Great fun!

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