Mainstage 2014

THE UNDERPANTS

by Steve Martin
May 1-3; 8-11; 15-17
Directed by Art DeConciliis

“Don’t underestimate the power of a glimpse of lingerie”—especially in Steve Martin’s (yes, that Steve Martin!) gently ribald and giddy twist on a 1910 German farce (a German farce??) A young bride and her stodgy husband wrestle with scandal, instant celebrity and a series of smitten suitors after her bloomers drop to her ankles at a parade for the king. “What’s not to love? Bravo, Steve Martin.”
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WHEN WE ARE MARRIED

by J.B. Priestley
May 22-24; 29-June 1; June 5-7
Directed by Jena Oberg

On an evening in 1908 when three upstanding couples gather together to celebrate their 25 years of wedded “bliss,” a secret is revealed that hilariously upends the party: It turns out none of them are actually, legally married! Imagine Downton Abbey in comic mayhem as these pillars of the community grapple with the news and, at the same time, try to keep the local newspaper at bay! A blessed union of laughs and surprises.

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VANYA AND SONYA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

by Christopher Durang
June 12-14; 19-22; 26-28
Directed by Sunny Disney Fitchett

When movie star, Masha, unexpectedly returns home with her wildly attractive, twenty-something boy toy in tow, and announces to her adult siblings, Vanya and Sonia, her plans to sell their family farmhouse—the rug is, literally, pulled out from under their bucolic (ie. monotonous) existence. We promise you this hugely entertaining winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play is deliriously funny and guarantees gusts of laughter.

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BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS

by Neil Simon
July 3, 5; 10-13; 17-19
Directed by Carol Lauck
No performance July 4th

Possibly our favorite Neil Simon comedy. Humorous and poignant—something to celebrate! Neil Simon’s love letter to his past, this first play in the iconic Brighton Beach trilogy introduces audiences to “The Unbelievable, Fantastic and Completely Private Thoughts of I, Eugene Morris Jerome…” A family story set during the heart of the Great Depression in Brooklyn, New York.

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DANCING AT LUGHNASA

by Brian Friel
July 24-26; 31-August 3; 7-9
Directed by Jena Oberg

This extraordinary play, considered to be Friel’s masterpiece, is the story of five unmarried sisters who have shared a cottage in Ireland’s rural County Donegal since childhood and the events of their summer in 1936 that forever change the family dynamic. This 1992 Tony Award winner for Best Play is spirited, luminous, bittersweet.

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THE FOURSOME

by Norm Foster
August 14-16; 21-24; 28-30
Directed by Wayne Brinda

Requested again and again by our audiences, this story of four chums who get together to play a round of golf at their 25th college reunion opens on the first tee with this prayer, “Our father, who art in Augusta, Nicklaus be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on greens as it is in fairways.” This hole-in-one of a comedy resonates with audiences. Laughter is “immediate, uncontrollable, constant and helpless.” Enjoy!

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DOUBT, A PARABLE

by John Patrick Shanley
September 4-6, 11-13, 18-20
Directed by Art DeConciliis

Set in the Bronx in 1964, this brilliant and engaging Pulitzer and Tony Award winning drama, tells of Father Flynn, a young reform-minded teacher who becomes embroiled in a battle with Sister Aloysius, the imperious principal of St. Nicholas Church School. Sister Aloysius suspects Father Flynn of molesting the school’s first African-American pupil and is determined to undo him, though the evidence against him is circumstantial at best.

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DIVIDING THE ESTATE

by Horton Foote
September 25-27, October 2-4; 9-11
Directed by Sunny Disney Fitchett

Matriarch Stella Gordon steadfastly refuses to divide her 100-year-old Texas estate, despite her family’s declining wealth and financial crisis. Her three adult children vie unabashedly for the biggest piece of the financial pie in this “theatrical equivalent of a page-turner, capturing your undivided attention…” This comedy “goes for laughs and succeeds, and at the same time comments on more sweeping notions of avarice, entitlement and carpetbagging karma.”

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LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE

by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron
October 16-18; 23-25; 30 & November 1
Directed by Sunny Disney Fitchett
No performance on Halloween

A scrapbook of stories about unfortunate prom dresses, the humiliation of never carrying the right purse, traumatic lighting in fitting rooms, high heels, and the existential state of having nothing to wear. These fashionable tales not only concern matters of the closet but, also, matters of the heart—sometimes comic, often powerful and compelling. “Breezy and perfectly enjoyable for the stray men in the room.”

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THE MIRACLE WORKER

by William Gibson
November 6-9; 13-16; 20-22
Directed by Jena Oberg
Student Matinees: 11/13 & 11/19

Has there ever been a more inspirational and triumphant story than that of the relationship between Helen Keller, a child locked in a mysteriously silent and uncommunicative world, and the teacher, Anne Sullivan, who champions the remarkable intelligence and spirit of her young pupil? Please read more about this stunning drama in our Fall Family Matinee description.

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A TUNA CHRISTMAS

by Ed Howard, Jaston Williams, and Joe Sears
Saturday, November 29 at 8:00 pm;
Sunday November 30 at 2:00 and 7:00 pm
December 4-6 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 10 at 8:00 pm
December 11-13 at 8:00 pm

Directed by Art DeConciliis and Sunny Disney Fitchett

You’ve asked—we’ll deliver. Sell-out audiences rave about this holiday favorite…so for the 5th time on our stage—this silly, side-splittin’ barrel of redneck monkeys. Radio personalities, Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie, report on the Yuletide activities of all the good folks in Tuna, Texas. Spend your holidays with Aunt Pearl, Bertha Bumiller, Petey Fisk, and those cowboy lovin’ Tastee Kreme waitresses, Inita Goodwin and Helen Bedd.

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