Colonial Playhouse presents ‘Born Yesterday’

Colonial Playhouse opens 2018 with the classic comedy, “Born Yesterday” by Garson Kanin, directed by R Bruce Warren and LeAnne Mangano. The show was first produced at Colonial in 1950, after one of the longest runs in theatrical history.

Egotistical junk-man Harry Brock has come to a swanky Washington hotel to make crooked deals with government big-wigs, bringing along his showgirl mistress Billie Dawn.

When Billie’s ignorance becomes a liability, he hires journalist Paul Verrall to educate her. In the process of learning, Billie Dawn realizes how corrupt Harry is and begins interfering with his plans.

Cast:

Harry Brock……………………...Stephen Kelly
Billie Dawn……………………..…Joy Weir
Paul Verral………………………..JP Timlin
Ed Devery…………………………Ed Mark
Eddie…………………….…………Chris Moran
Senator Norval Hedges………James Hulme
Mrs. Hedges……………………..Catherine Fallon
Helen, Maid #2…………………..Erin Marie Friel
Maid #1, Manicurist…………….Ally Batot
Assistant Manager, Barber……Andrew Wales

Performances are January 19-February 3
Fridays & Saturdays: 8 pm ($15)
Sunday Matinees: 2 pm ($13)

For tickets or directions to the theatre, visit  colonialplayhouse.net.

‘Morning’s at Seven’ at People’s Light

A stellar ensemble of People’s Light veterans, including some of the most celebrated actors in Philadelphia, brings to life Paul Osborn’s classic American comedy, Morning’s at Seven. In a small, Midwestern town, four close-knit sisters and their husbands confront long-held secrets and simmering tensions that threaten to upend the status quo. Artistic Director Abigail Adams directs this charming tribute to family dysfunction in which “the relationships are ultimately as universal as the humor” (Los Angeles Times). Morning’s at Seven plays on the Steinbright Stage in Malvern from January 10 through February 4, 2018.

“We’ve been waiting years to do this play and now its time has come!” says director Adams.  “The cast of Morning’s at Seven comprises nine actors, all of whom have deep connections to People’s Light. They’ve played each other’s wives, husbands, parents, brothers, sisters, in-laws, children, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and enemies over decades. After working together so many times they know how each other thinks. And in each other’s company, they become vulnerable, brave, and often hilarious.

“These connections shape this production,” Adams says. “Morning’s at Seven tells the story of an aging, tightly-knit family whose members struggle with roads not taken and their complicated love for one another. Given our long histories, it’s pretty close to the bone for those of us working on it.”

Four actresses play the sisters at the heart of the story. Carla Belver is Esther Crampton, Alda Cortese plays Ida Bolton, Janis Dardaris appears as Aaronetta Gibbs, and Marcia Saunders is Cora Swanson. Three actors play their husbands. Peter DeLaurier is Theodore Swanson, Stephen Novelli plays Carl Bolton, and Graham Smith is David Crampton. In addition, Pete Pryor plays son Homer Bolton, and Teri Lamm appears as his fiancée, Myrtle Brown.

Morning’s at Seven previews begin on Wednesday, January 10 at 7:30pm and run through Friday, January 12. The play opens on Saturday, January 13 at 8pm and runs through Sunday, February 4.

Standard single tickets start at $39. For tickets, call the Box Office at 610-644-3500. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

$29 Community Night tickets are available to the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday preview performances on January 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30pm.

People’s Light Steinbright Stage is at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355

One Act Festival at Barnstormers is Jan. 26-27

Danny Dulac and Ruth Brittain rehearse the short play “Scarecrow” by Margie Royal, part of Barnstormers One Act Play Festival, Jan. 26-27, 2018.

Barnstormer Theatre will present its annual One Act Play Festival, featuring a variety of short plays. Help select the two productions that will move on to PACTFest 2018. Performances are Friday and Saturday evening, 8-10 p.m., Jan. 26-27. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance at https://barnstormerstheater1.ticketleap.com/

The Barnstormers is located at the corner of Ward and Tome Streets in Ridley Park, PA. To obtain driving directions, the exact address is:  402 Tome St, Ridley Park, Pa 19078

 

Forge Theatre opens 2018 with ‘The 1940’s Radio Hour’

Forge Theatre in Phoenixville is proud to present a Greg Morton directed holiday musical – The 1940’s Radio HourThe 1940’s Radio Hour is a play with music by Walton Jones, special arrangement by Samuel French.

Starting January 5, 2018 the show will run for three weekends to Jan. 21 – on Friday and Saturday evenings, curtain will go up at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. Prepare for a rousing two hours of back’n’forth, Abbott & Costello-like comedic shenanigans in a radio station mixed with everyone’s favorite songs of the holidays in the 1940s. The play portrays the final holiday broadcast of the Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on the New York radio station WOV in December 1942 including old-time sound effects. The variety of characters, including the cantankerous stage manager and the bumbling drunk, will tug at your heartstrings as they prepare for their Christmas broadcast to the soldiers overseas during WWII.

Forge Theatre is at 241 First Ave., Phoenxixville, PA For tickets, visit www.forgetheatre.org or call 610-935-1920.

‘Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery’ at Walnut Street Studio

Walnut Street Theatre’s 2017-18 Independence Studio on 3 Season continues with Tony Award®-winner Ken Ludwig’s hilarious “whodunit” comedy, Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Philadelphia audiences will be the first to see this production before it becomes the eighth national and international tour of a Walnut Street Theatre production. Directed by Walnut favorite, Bill Van Horn, Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery begins previews in the intimate Independence Studio on 3 at the Walnut on January 2, opens January 4 , and continues through February 4.

Bill Van Horn and Ian Merrill Peakes in Walnut Street Theatre’s production of Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.Photo by Mark Garvin.

Ken Ludwig’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 classic mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles, is full of intrigue and… huge laughs. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one, and the renowned sleuth Sherlock Holmes, along with his trusted sidekick Dr. Watson, must work feverishly to crack the curse before it dooms the newest heir. Five talented actors, playing forty quirky characters, follow leads, unravel clues, hit dead-ends, and zigzag with the story until the shockingly funny conclusion.

Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway, beginning with the critically acclaimed Lend Me a Tenor, which garnered Ludwig seven Tony nominations and two wins. His musical, Crazy for You, won the Tony Award and Olivier Award (England’s highest theatre honor) for Best Musical in 1992. Ludwig has also been awarded the Charles MacArthur Award, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery from The Mystery Writers of America, the SETC Distinguished Career Award, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the American Theatre. Baskerville is one of his most recent works, along with A Comedy of Tenors and Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol (2015 Helen Hayes Award nominee for Outstanding Play). His newest book, How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare, (winner of the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of 2014) is published by Random House. The Walnut has produced many of Ludwig’s works including Lend Me a Tenor(1992), Crazy for You (1997), and Moon Over Buffalo (1998).

The show will be directed by Bill Van Horn.

In addition to directing the production, Van Horn will also play the iconic role of Dr. Watson. Joining Van Horn is another Walnut veteran and Philadelphia stage regular Ian Merrill Peakes, who will play the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Peakes returns to the Walnut for his 9th show (Harvey, Ideal Husband, Peter and the Starcatcher, Of Mice and Men, Great Expectations)Baskerville marks Peakes’ 124th professional stage production.

While Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes are played by Van Horn and Peakes, the other forty characters in the production are portrayed by just three comedic actors: Dan Hodge (Peter and the Starcatcher, The Mousetrap, 39 Steps); Jered McLenigan (Peter and the Starcatcher, Rise and Fall of Little VoiceGood People); and Sarah Glicko (Around the World in 80 Days, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Musical of Musicals the Musical). All five comic actors have performed on many of Philadelphia’s regional stages and are proud members of the local theatre community.

Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville, A Sherlock Holmes Mystery will become the eighth Walnut Street Theatre production to embark on a national and international tour across the country. The Walnut celebrates Philadelphia’s finest talents and is proud to share them with America. The first seven tours of Walnut Street Theatre productions, all featuring Philadelphia artists, have included Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Glass MenagerieProofAround the World in 80 DaysDriving Miss DaisyA Life in the Theatre, and A Moon for the Misbegotten. For more information about Walnut Street Theatre national and international tours, visit

WalnutStreetTheatre.org/season/tour.

Tickets are $35-$40 and are now available at 215-574-3550 or 800-982-2787. Tickets are also available atwalnutstreettheatre.org or Ticketmaster.com.