The 2017-2018 Inaugural Season
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Blind Dating at Happy Hour — by Shaun Kempf — Corwin Landcaster is looking for a meaningful relationship. After conversing with a lovely woman he met online he has arrived at Wes and Rosie's Tavern to meet her face to face for the first time. He wants the night to go perfectly and arrives at the tavern an hour ahead of time, which is his first mistake. His second is getting pulled into the lives and problems of the other patrons. His only ally is the cute bartender, Allison, who reluctantly takes an interest in Corwin. When his date doesn't show up on time he has to decide if he's going to continue to wait or if he's going to take a chance and ask Allison out. Blind Dating at Happy Hour takes a look at love and all its forms. We get to see the relationship struggles of the other patrons. From a young couple building their relationship to an established couple that finds their marriage on the rocks, this play asks if, indeed, love is blind. The intertwined stories will keep you laughing in this wonderfully fun comedy. This is the second production of a new work by a young West Bend playwright who also happens to be directing the play.
October 27, 28, November 2, 3, 4 at 7:30pm, October 28 at 4:00pm, October 29, November 5 at 2:00pm.
The Gifts of the Magi, A Musical — based on a story by O. Henry, book by Mark St. Germain and music by Randy Courts — You know this classic O. Henry story that is a holiday favorite. It is Christmas in New York, but for two young lovers, Jim and Della, the prospects are bleak, as both are out of work and penniless. Their dilemma is solved when both part with their most precious possessions in order to buy presents for each other, creating a magical moment, an aura of warmth and giving in the cold, impersonal winter city. This is a sweet, charming and surprisingly funny musical that includes a 'newsie' narrator, a couple that play dozens of roles and Soapy, a lovable homeless bum who just wants to be arrested so he can land in a warm jail cell. This heartfelt musical is like a crackling log in a cozy fireplace, warming your heart on a cold winter night.
December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30pm, December 2, 9 and 16 at 4:00pm, December 3, 10 and 17 at 2:00pm
Steel Magnolias — by Robert Harling — Come join us in Truvy's small-town Louisiana beauty salon where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done, and where wisecracks and advice are dispensed as freely as shampoo. This stage and film classic brings us some of our favorite characters — Ouiser, Clairee, Annelle, and social leader M'Lynn, whose daughter Shelby is about to marry a "good ol' boy". This classic has sharp, funny dialogue and a deeply moving conclusion.
February 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 7:30pm, February 10 at 4pm, February 11, 18 at 2pm
"…in the time of old age" — by Gord Carruth — Revenge is sweetest when least expected. Two gentlemen, a Jewish widower and his friend, an Irish-American World War II veteran, unexpectedly come into a fortune. With their new status and the help of a beautiful lawyer, they have some fun pulling off a brilliant sting on a bank manager of questionable integrity and morality, all to the benefit of the elderly. The play lives somewhere in between The Bucket List and The Sting but don't let that fool you. It might be called a play with music because the playwright is also a gifted composer and with his beautiful composition and the play's surprising final scene, this little charmer wraps its arms around you and hugs you. Performed very successfully all over Canada, this will be the 3rd production of it in the United States.
March 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 7:30pm, March 17 at 4pm, March 18, 25 at 2pm
Arsenic and Old Lace — by Joseph Kesselring — One of the best loved American plays of all time, it centers on the two lovable Brewster sisters who are performing mercy killings with the help of their nephew Teddy, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt. But the elderly sisters have a deadly secret for the lonely old gentlemen who appear on their doorstep looking for lodging. The socially and religiously acceptable men who are accepted as boarders by the sisters must be helped to a "better place." The cellar is full of the gentlemen's remains which is problematic when estranged nephew Jonathan arrives with his own body to bury. Add to the mix enough police officers to hold a St. Patrick's Day parade and you have more laughs than you can survive.
May 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30pm, May 12 at 4pm, May 13, 20 at 2pm