See How They Run
Directed by Francis A. Daley
April 25th - May 18th
April 25,26 May 2,3 9,10 16,17
Preview Apr 24, Matinees on May 4 & 18
So swift is the action, so involved the situations, so rib tickling the plot
in this London hit that at its finish audiences are left as exhausted from laughter as though they had run a foot race. Galloping in and out of the four doors of an English
vicarage are an American actor and actress (he is now stationed with the air force in England), a cockney maid who has seen too many
American movies, an old maid who
"touches alcohol for the first time in
her life," four men in clergyman suits
presenting the problem of which is
which, for disguised as one is an
escaped prisoner, and a sedate
Bishop aghast at all these goings
on and the trumped up stories they
"Breathless show, fast tempo, plenty
of laughs." —Variety
"A positive riot, in all my fifty years
in the theatre I've never heard such
laughter." —Bernard W. Suss, Elitch
Directed by Bill Hughes
May 30th - June 8th
May 30,31 June 6,7
Matinees on Jun 1 & 8
The play is set in Paris in the 1970s during Marlene Dietrich's farewell concert tour. We are taken backstage and given glimpses of the everyday Dietrich. We see the woman who reinvented herself as an acclaimed chanteuse and she emerges as the ultimate professional, a perfectionist who is at times self-absorbed, generous, calculating, practical and charming. We see the Hollywood creation who never forgot her roots, her homeland and is haunted by the horrors of the Holocaust.
An entertainment icon for much of the 20th century, the German actress chanteuse was discovered by director Josef Von Sternberg, who cast her as Lola Lola in the 1930 international hit "Blue Angel." She then traveled to Hollywood, where she and Von Sternberg made such moody classics as "Morocco," "Blonde Venus" and "Shanghai Express." In all her roles, Dietrich exhibited a cool facade, romantic melancholy and independent spirit -- an image she would retain throughout her career.
In 1939, she made a comeback in the comic role of a feisty bar waitress in the James Stewart western "Destry Rides Again." She died in 1992 at the age of 90.
Directed by Martin Rosato
July 18th - August 10th
July 18,19 25,26 August 1,2 8,9
Preview Jul 17, Matinees on Jul 27 & Aug 10
At the time of a paralyzing drought in the West we discover a girl whose father and two brothers are worried as much about her potential future as an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. For the truth is, she is indeed a plain girl. The brothers try every possible scheme to marry her off , but without success. Nor is there any sign of relief from the dry heat, when suddenly from out of nowhere appears a picaresque, sweet-talking man with quite the sales pitch. Claiming to be a "rainmaker," the man promises to bring rain, for $100. It's a silly idea, but the rainmaker is so refreshing and persistent that the family finally consents, banging on big brass drums to rattle the sky. Meanwhile the rainmaker also turns his magic on the girl, and persuades her that she has a very real beauty of her own. She believes it, just as her father believes the fellow can actually bring rain. Rain does come, and so does love. An excellent play for all groups.
"Admirable skill... [and] insight into the human heart.... The touch of a poet.... A hit you must see." —N.Y. Mirror.
Dividing The Estate
Directed by Katherine Almquist
September 19th - October 12th
September 19,20 26,27 October 3,4 10,11
Preview Sept 18, Matinees on Sept 28 & Oct 12
Matriarch Stella Gordon is determined not to divide her 100-year-old Texas estate, despite her family's declining wealth and the looming financial crisis. But her three children have another plan. Old resentments and sibling rivalries surface as the members of this hilariously dysfunctional family go head to head to see who might claim the biggest piece of the pie in DIVIDING THE ESTATE.
"DIVIDING THE ESTATE goes for laughs and succeeds, and at the same time comments on more sweeping notions of avarice, entitlement and carpetbagging karma." —NY Daily News.
"Horton Foote's DIVIDING THE ESTATE—about a rapacious Southern family tangling over finances— contains echoes of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Little Foxes, but its elegiac tone and rich humor clearly reflect the spirit of its playwright." —NY Post.
"DIVIDING THE ESTATE will draw you into its drawing room and the shadows beyond with the theatrical equivalent of a page-turner, capturing your undivided attention as you hang on its teasing turmoil in guiltlessly glad complicity." —Bloomberg.com.
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Directed by Robin Frome
December 5th - December 28th
December 5,6 12,13,14 19,20 26,27,28
Preview Dec 4, Matinees on Dec 14 & 28
Inspired by the classic American film, It's a Wonderful Life, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. This radio play adaptation was originally mounted at Stamford Center for the Arts in 1996, and has been performed there since with great success. It was at Stamford that the play was fine tuned and took shape as the piece published here. Through word of mouth alone, productions have since taken place around the country, including the noted Chicago premiere at American Theatre Company.