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2000 - 2009 Performances

Sherlock's Veiled Secret
A Mystery by: K.C. Brown
Based on a story by K.C. Brown and Arne Zaslove
November 2009

Leading Ladies
A Comedy by Ken Ludwig
September 2009

Steel Magnolias
A Comedy/Drama by: Robert Harling
April 2009

The Girls in 509
A Comedy by: Howard Teichman
February 2009

The Soapy Murder Case
A Farce by: Tim Kelly
November 2008

Me Too
A Comedy/Drama by: Mark Goffman
September 2008

Avanti!
A Comedy by: Samuel Taylor
May 2008

The Odd Couple: Female Version
A Comedy by: Neil Simon
February 2008

Love, Sex and the IRS
A Comedy by: William Van Zandt & Jane Milmore
November 2007

Blithe Spirit
A Comedy by: Noel Coward
September 2007

Father of the Bride
A Comedy by: Caroline Francke
May 2007

Take a Number, Darling
A Farce by: Jack Sharkey
February 2007

The Sunshine Boys
A Comedy by: Neil Simon
November 2006

Moon Over Buffalo
A Farse by: Ken Ludwig
September 2006

The Exact Center of the Universe
A Drama by: Joan Vail Thorne
May 2006

The Premature Corpse
A Crime Thriller by: Mike Johnson
February 2006

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production Of
"A Christmas Carol"

A Comedy with music written by:
David McGillvray and Walter Jnr
November 2005

Bright Ideas
A Dark Comedy written by: Eric Coble
September 2005

Any Number Can Die
A Comedy-Mystery by: Fred Carmichael
May 2005

My Three Angels
A Comedy by: Samuel Spewack and Bella Spewack
February 2005

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Music by Jimmy Roberts, Lyrics by Joe Dipietro
November 2004

Star on the Door
A Comedy by Jack Sharkey and Leo W. Sears
September 2004


Sherlock's Veiled Secret

It is 1920. Violet Sheridan, a young sculptress, is summoned to meet Sherlock Holmes, who is now retired and keeping bees in Sussex. Violet hopes that the great man has invited her in order to commission a bust of himself, but instead he reveals to her that they have a close family connection. Leaving out a crucial piece of the puzzle of her mysterious origins, Holmes abruptly asks Violet to collaborate with him on an unsettling blackmail case that has disturbed his retirement. But rather than join the aging sleuth, Violet embarks on her own investigation in search of her true identity. Holmes, famous for his ability to reveal truths, employs all his waning strength to conceal the facts of Violet's heritage. Her keen, intuitive sleuthing brings her in contact with several elusive and fascinating women—all of whom seem to have been intimately involved with the great detective. Consulting a medium, at a seance Violet learns some distressing information concerning her birthright, while at the same time, Holmes' blackmail, and now murder, case becomes intertwined with Violet's search for her elusive lineage. The conclusion of the mysteries finds Holmes the super-hero forced to confront Holmes the flawed, mortal man, and his dynamic young apprentice is thrust into a situation in which she discovers her true self as she rescues her lost parents from danger.

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Leading Ladies

Two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady's vivacious niece, Meg, who's engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there's a wide world out there, but it's not until she meets "Maxine and Stephanie" that she finally gets a taste of it.

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Steel Magnolias

The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and humorously revealing verbal collisions. The ladies learn to draw on their underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

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The Girls in 509

Two ladies are discovered in the back suite of a once fashionable hotel in New York that is being demolished. They have been there since 1932 when Hoover lost and they have vowed to remain secluded until a Republican is elected. The press and the National Chairmen of the Republican and Democratic parties descend upon the ladies, members of one of the country's oldest and richest families. The ladies defy both politicians and face eviction and disgrace. They retain their independence when wealth pours down upon them and they move in triumph to the Waldorf Astoria.

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The Soapy Murder Case

Life in a soap opera meets life in a New York penthouse, resulting in a lampoon with wild madness. Crusty Horatio Tucker, sponsor of TV's most popular soap, receives a mysterious note saying the clue to his killer will be found in the next episode. He invites the cast to his place and forces them to act out the episode. Soon there's murder and chaos. A nasty network executive is dead and so is Dr. Rittenhouse. Then, Tucker is dispatched via chicken soup from the soap's saintly mother character. With characters slipping in and out of their roles and plastic surgeons, welfare cheaters, theatrical hams and assorted zanies running loose the action is alive with marvelous surprises, gags and delightful dialogue.

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Me Too

Inspired by true events and written by Mark Goffman, Me Too revolves around hopeless romantic Andrew, who meets the girl of his dreams. However, the path to love and happiness proves to be more than he bargained for. By falling into the everyday human flaw of lying, Andrew is forced to deal with his past and learn the meaning of true love.

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Avanti!

American businessman Wendell Armbruster, Jr. is summoned to Italy after a car accident claims the lives of his father and his father's secret mistress! And when the mistress' daughter, Pamela Piggott, also arrives-and the bodies of both of their parents disappear-the two instant foes are brought together in a baffling mystery and affair of the heart!

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Odd Couple: Female Version

Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Ungar and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuits. The Pigeon sisters have been replaced by the hilarious Constanzuela brothers.

 

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Love, Sex and the IRS

Here is a wild farce with twists of fate, sight gags, mistaken identities and hilarious comic lines. Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are out of work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as a married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the "couple" they're going to be investigated by a Mr. Spinner. Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon's fiancee, Kate. Complicating matters further Leslie and Kate are having an affair behind Jon's back, Jon's mother drops in unexpectedly to meet her son's fiancee, and Leslie's girlfriend shows up demanding to know why Leslie has changed and won't see her anymore.

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Blithe Spirit

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages. The ingenious plot tells how novelist Charles Condomine invites into his placid country home an eccentric, breezy lady medium in order to learn the language of the occult. Little does Charles or his lovely second wife, Ruth, dream that the seance staged by the medium will summon back Charles' first wife, now "passed over" for seven years. But the lady from beyond, still handsome, still mischievous, appears and torments Charles by reminding him of their days and nights together. Only Charles can see or hear her. A floating vase, handed to her out of thin air, finally convinces Ruth that Charles is not losing his mind that his first wife is indeed in the room. The first wife has a ghostly plot in mind: if she can get Charles into an automobile accident and make a ghost of him, life in the spirit world will have more appeal for her. Mistakes occur, however, and it is Ruth who takes the fatal automobile ride and passes on only to return with the first wife to plague the utterly bewildered astral bigamist! How Charles manages to extricate himself from these two very blithe spirits makes an hilarious conclusion to this very unusual farce. Hilariously funny, brilliant, clever and about as cockeyed as a play can be.

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Father of the Bride

Mr. Banks learns that one of the young men he has seen occasionally about the house is about to become his son-in-law. Daughter Kay announces the engagement out of nowhere. Mrs. Banks and her sons are happy, but Mr. Banks is in a dither. The groom-to-be, Buckley Dunstan, appears on the scene and Mr. Banks realizes that the engagement is serious. Buckley and Kay don't want a "big" wedding—just a simple affair with a few friends! We soon learn, however, that the "few" friends idea is out. Then trouble really begins. The guest list grows larger each day, a caterer is called in, florists, furniture movers and dressmakers take over, and the Banks household is soon caught in turmoil—not to mention growing debt. When Kay, in a fit of temper, calls off the wedding, everyone's patience snaps. But all is set right, and the wedding (despite more last-minute crises) comes off beautifully. In the end, the father of the bride is a happy, proud man, glad that the wedding is over, but knowing too that it was worth all the money and aggravation to start his daughter off so handsomely on the road to married life.

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Take a Number, Darling

Since concert pianist Duncan Latimer and wife, Ellen, famous soap opera star, lead impeccable lives their P.R. lady has no qualms over having a reporter from a scandal magazine interview them. But just before he arrives, so does Duncan's old Navy buddy and Ellen's former lover from her literally messy past and so does an extra wife Duncan forgot to tell anyone about. It's crazy and comical confusion all the way.

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The Sunshine Boys

SAl Lewis and Willie Clark played vaudeville as a team for forty three years, but mutual dislike has keep them far apart for the last eleven years. Now CBS wants them to appear in History of Comedy and their reunion sparks delirious comedy.

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Moon Over Buffalo

An acting couple, not exactly the Lunts, are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of Cyrano de Bergerac, revised one nostril version, and Noel Coward's Private Lives. This backstage farce stars a megalomaniac and often drunk George Hay. His wife, Charlotte, is just as overdramatic and fate has given these thespians one more shot at starring roles in The Scarlet Pimpernel epic and director Frank Capra himself is en route to Buffalo to catch their matinee performance. Will Charlotte Hay appear or run off with their agent? Will George Hay be sober enough to emote? Will Capra see Cyrano, Private Lives or a disturbing mixture of the two? Hilarious misunderstandings pile on madcap misadventures, all of which are magnified by Charlotte's deaf mother who manages the theatre.

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The Exact Center of the Universe

In this heart-warming comedy,Vada Love Powell, society leader of a small southern town, has every intention of scaring off yet another prospective bride for her beloved son, Apple, the “exact center” of her universe. The trick turns on the spider when she learns that the little fly she has lured into her parlor is really the identical twin of her son’s new love. While Vada works to dissuade Mary LOU, Apple is off marrying Mary ANN!

Through her constant manipulations, Vada runs the risk of losing Apple and his new family altogether. Can she change her ways before it is too late? Audiences delight as Vada struggles to control an ever-changing universe.

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The Premature Corpse

This masterfully plotted show has so many twists and turns that we're going to tell you only the bare minimum of the story so you can enjoy the surprises when you see the show. On the surface, it's a "love triangle" tale: State's witness Evan Jorris is under a government witness protection program after testifying against the mob. Also in the protection program is his wife, Francine. She along with her their lawyer, her lover, Larry Craig contrives to do away with her husband, They are confident that Evan's protector, federal agent Bert Marshak, will assume, logically, that the mob did the deed, and never suspect the two of them. This deceptively simple setup, however, is not at all what it seems. By the end of the first act, you may smugly think you can second guess the play's outcome but in the second and final act, you'll ruefully discover that you not only don't know what's what you don't even know who's who!

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The Farndale Carol

In a festive mood, the ladies mount another assault on the classics with their stage version of A Christmas Carol. They enthusiastically portray a dizzy array of characters from the Dickensian favorite (and a few which aren't), engineer some novel audience participation while bravely contending with an intrusive PA system and a real Farndale first wrap their vocal cords and feet around two original, show stopping songs.

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Bright Ideas

How far would you go for your child? For Genevra and Joshua Bradley, the question is no longer hypothetical. Their three-year-old son, Mac, is next on the waiting list to get into the Bright Ideas Early Childhood Development Academy—and everyone knows once you’re in there, your life will unfold with glorious ease. Josh and Gen have had to scramble all their lives to get this far…and now they are one fatal dinner party away from the ultimate success as parents: The Right Pre-School. You may never look at pre-school—or pesto—the same way again.

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Any Number Can Die

A hilarious take off on the mystery plays of the Twenties complete with sliding panels, robed figures, wills being read at midnight, etc. The idioms, costumes, hairdos, and make up of the period add to the thrills and laughter. Four ingenious murders take place in an island mansion as a pair of elderly detectives set to work on their first case. The ever popular storm, the unexpected guests, the cryptic poem, and the missing fortune all add to the intricate and inventive mystery off which the laughs bounce.

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MY THREE ANGELS

The scene is French Guiana, a region where on Christmas day the temperature has graciously dropped to 104 degrees. Three convicts are employed as roofers by a family, whose roof is in desperate need of maintenance. On the way from France is an evil-minded cousin, to oust the father of the family from his business, and his cold-blooded nephew, who is jilting the father's daughter for an heiress. The three convicts—two of them murderers, the third a swindler—take the visitors on. All three have warm hearts and are passionate believers in true justice. Possessing every criminal art and penal grace, they set matters right and in doing so redeem themselves as real life angels to the grateful family.

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I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE

As the title suggests, this musical takes on the entire lifespan from a blind date to marriage to being widowed.

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STAR ON THE DOOR

Cinema legend Doreen Lewis, nervously about to make her Broadway debut opposite her ardent admirer Paul Burnside, intercepts a phone call for her dresser who is secretly wed to Doreen's son confirming that "Mrs. Lewis" is pregnant. Doreen is shocked to learn of "her" condition and decides the likely father is Paul he's never laid a hand on her, but she does tend to be forgetful!. Thinking Paul wants her ousted from the show via her contract's morals clause, she vengefully wears her mink on stage knowing Paul's fur allergy will reduce his dialogue to sneezes. The producer, a shrieking neurasthenic who fears his backer Nunzio will machine gun his knees if the show flops, is terrified, and the Bavarian playwright is reduced to sobbing uncontrollably as his beautiful play goes "to the dogs." A loony resolution caps this evening of non stop guffaws.

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