Presenting Town and Country Players' 2005 Season

City of Angels Painting Churches The Curious Savage Dearly Departed The Mousetrap Fall Play Festival


In addition to these adult productions, please check out our Family Theater productions for this season.

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City of Angels

Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by David Zippel
Book by Larry Gelbart

Directed by Keith Soester

Set in the glamorous, seductive Hollywood of the 40's, the show chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a young novelist, attempting a screenplay for movie producer/director, Buddy Fidler. The film story begins when detective Stone's Girl Friday ushers a striking socialite into his office. The alluring Alaura is there to hire Stone to track down the mysterious disappearance of her step-daughter, Mallory. Mallory is a beautiful, "bad" young woman, who will later turn up in her birthday suit in Stone's own bed.

But it's not all fun and games for the private eye. In the course of the "movie," Stone receives a brutal beating and is also framed for a murder that could land him in the gas chamber. At the same time, in the "real" life scenes, all played out in glorious technicolor, Stine has his hands full as well. He must fight off the increasingly demanding Buddy Fidler, and is left to do this alone after his wife Gabby returns to New York because she disapproves of Stine's tactics. To make matters worse, Stine is then confronted by his alter ego, Stone, who is totally disgusted by Stine's willingness to sacrifice his principles. Finally stepping over the line that separates fantasy from reality, Stone challenges his creator, Stine.

April 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, May 1, 6 and 7

Friday and Saturday night shows have a 8 pm curtain; Sunday matinees start at 3 pm.
Tickets are $15.


Pictures of a final dress rehearsal are now available!

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Painting Churches

By Tina Howe

Directed by Keith Soester

In this wonderful comic drama, daughter Margaret, a famous painter, arrives to help her flaky, hat-sporting mother and absentminded father move out of the family homestead. As the boxes are packed, old memories are re-awakened and this unlikely trio comes to grips with their past, present, and future. What emerges is a family portrait (literally and figuratively) that is zany, heartwarming, heartbreaking and true.

May 27, 28, 29, June 3, 4, 5, 10 and 11

Friday and Saturday night shows have a 8 pm curtain; Sunday matinees start at 3 pm.
Tickets are $15.


Pictures of a final dress rehearsal are now available!


The Curious Savage

By John Patrick

Directed by Andy McPhee

A heartwarming comedy about life at The Cloisters, a quiet and relaxed mental health facility. "The Curious Savage" is at once humorous, thought-provoking, and tenderhearted. The patients at The Cloisters seem almost normal compared with three high-powered members of the wealthy Savage family intent on cheating their newly committed mother out of her fortune. Mrs. Savage and her newfound friends, however, have other ideas entirely.

Mrs. Ethel P. Savage is being institutionalized because she's showing signs of foolishness with her fortune. Her greedy stepchildren are putting her into The Cloisters so that they can regain control of the money. In this wacky hospital, she befriends five inmates: motherly Florence; flighty Fairy May; shy and tortured Jeffrey; statistics victim Hannibal; and the nearly catatonic Mrs. Paddy. When it is discovered that Mrs. Savage has in fact liquidated her assets into bonds and hidden them, the battle is on between the "crazy" inmates and the "sane" spoiled children, while moderated by Dr. Emmett and her assistant Miss Willie.

August 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19 and 20

Friday and Saturday night shows have a 8 pm curtain; Sunday matinees start at 3 pm.
Tickets are $15.


Pictures of a final dress rehearsal and another are now available!

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Dearly Departed

By David Bottrell

Directed by Jim Kirkwood

 

The episodic story concerns the death and funeral of Bud Turpin and the attitudes and behavior of his kith and kin. He dies, perversely, at the breakfast table as his wife reads a long, gossipy letter. How his drab wife, their grown children and in-laws come together for the funeral to be conducted by an unctuous, cliche-ridden preacher who's paid by the hour, reveals their character and nature.

September 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23 and 24

Friday and Saturday night shows have a 8 pm curtain; Sunday matinees start at 3 pm.
Tickets are $15.


Pictures of a final dress rehearsal and another are now available!

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The Mousetrap

By Agatha Christie

Directed by Norman Berger

The story is set in the 1940's after the war and takes place at a bed and breakfast known as Monkswell Manor, which is owned by the young, inexperienced Molly and Giles Ralston. Many years previous, at a very young age, three children were sent to live at Longridge Farm. The Standings, who owned the farm, were extremely cruel and mistreated the children. After one boy died, Mr. Standing was killed escaping from the police and Mrs. Standing went to prison. Just released from prison, Mrs. Standing is murdered and the next target appears to be a young woman at Monkswell Manor - but the murderer could be either the brother of the murdered boy or his sister (now both adults). The Ralstons don't know the background of any of their first paying guests - and neither does the audience! To make sure the murderer doesn't leave the premises prematurely, Dame Agatha closes access in and out of Monkswell Manor by creating a huge blizzard which leaves it up to the guests (and the audience) to determine "whodunit" in this classic.

October 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28 and 29

Friday and Saturday night shows have a 8 pm curtain; Sunday matinees start at 3 pm.
Tickets are $15.


Pictures of a final dress rehearsal are now available!

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Fall Play Festival

Variations on the Death of Trotsky - Directed by Allison DeKorte

Sure Thing - By David Ives; Directed by Allison DeKorte

Sure Thing is a classic of contemporary comedy: Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes, and faux pas on the way to falling in love.

Business Lunch at the Russian Tea Room - By Christopher Durang; Directed by Anna Hughes

Chris, a writer, has a business meeting at the Russian Tea Room with a new Hollywood hotshot, Melissa. At the Tea Room, Melissa pitches insane ideas to Chris who can't wait to just leave this meeting. Once home, he tries so hard to write up the idea of a priest and a rabbi who fall in love (and other complications) that they appear to him to help him through.

Krapp's Last Tape - By Samuel Beckett; Directed by Sarah LeClair

November 12, 13, 19 and 20

Friday and Saturday night shows have a 8 pm curtain.
Tickets are $5.


Pictures of a final dress rehearsal are now available!


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