Our Diamond Season 30, 2010-2011

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Welcome to Season 30

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Noises Off

A Farce written by Michael Frayn.  Directed by Ben Hamill.

Courtesy of Samuel French, Inc.

Aug. 27-28, Sept. 2-5, 9-12, 16-18, 2010

Called the funniest farce ever written, this classic backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, sexual dalliances, confusions and errant plates of sardines, follows a hapless acting troupe who prove that whatever can go wrong, will—onstage or off—during the course of a disastrous tour.   Hilarious hijinks and mayhem ensue as the players have to deal with each other’s personal issues while trying to put on a good show.

“As side-splitting a farce as I have seen. Ever? Ever.”—New York Magazine

Contains Mild Language, Suggestive Situations

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Darwin in Malibu

Written by Crispin Whittell.  Directed by Claudia Scott

Courtesy of Dramatists Play Service Inc.

Oct. 15-16, 21-24, 28-30, 2010

Malibu, California. The present. One hundred and twenty years after his death, Charles Darwin is hanging out in a beach house overlooking the Pacific with a girl young enough to be his daughter. His peace is rudely disturbed when his old friend Thomas Huxley washes up on the beach closely followed by the Bishop of Oxford. And Darwin suddenly finds himself entangled in an enthralling and thought-provoking comedy about God, science and plastic surgery.

Contains Strong Language

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A Christmas Twist

A Christmas Comedy written by The Illegitimate Players.  Directed by Kim Sherman-Labrum

Courtesy of Broadway Play Publishing

Nov. 26-27, Dec. 2-5, 9-12, 16-18, 2010

to the horror movie, what High Anxiety
did to Alfred Hitchcock’s oeuvre, this is
what A Christmas Twist does to Charles
Dicken’s A Christmas Carol … and the
result: hilarity and the funniest Christmas
show you’ll see this season. Take the
characters from A Christmas Carol,
blend in some Oliver Twist and Little
Orphan Annie and mix in current pop
culture and let simmer for a show Mel
Brooks would love.
Rated for All Audiences

What Blazing Saddles did to the western, what Young Frankenstein did to the horror movie, what High Anxiety did to Alfred Hitchcock’s oeuvre, this is what A Christmas Twist does to Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol … and the result: hilarity and the funniest Christmas show you’ll see this season. Take the characters from A Christmas Carol, blend in someOliver  Twist and Little Orphan Annie and mix in current pop culture and let simmer for a show Mel Brooks would love.

Suitable for All Audiences

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Bedside Manners

A Farce written by Derek Benfield,   Directed by Allison Remley

Performing at the Idaho Outdoor Association, 3401 Brazil St., Boise, ID 83705

Courtesy of Samuel French, Inc.

Jan. 28-29, Feb. 3-6, 10-12, 2011

When Ferris reluctantly agreed to look after his sister’s seedy country inn during her holiday, he did not foresee the wild comings and goings that were to burst upon him on a single spring evening. Ferris is engulfed in lies, confusions and bewilderments as he tries to capitalize on preventing the inevitable meetings of husbands, wives and lovers in assorted compromising situations. “The capacity house didn’t just laugh, it erupted. . . . Masterly.” Eastbourne Gazette . “One exhausts oneself with laughter.” Neue Presse , Hanover.

Contains Mild Language & Suggestive Situations

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Molly Sweeney

A Drama written by Brian Friel,   Directed by Mike Cronen

Courtesy of Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

March 4-5, 10-13, 17-19, 2011

Three points of view about a poignant drama are related by three characters addressing the audience directly. First there is Molly, blind since early infancy, who describes her world before and after an operation to restore some of her sight. Her husband, Frank, who pushed Molly into this operation, relates his view of his wife’s journey into sightedness and his dealings with her doctor. Molly’s once-famous eye surgeon, Mr. Rice, watches both Molly and Frank and reveals his opinion of them along with his own fears in handling the operation. Through it all we see each character’s painful and happy histories, their memories and the events that led them to meet. Their stories interweave on stage, threading in and around each other’s lives, until the unexpected and touching conclusion to this striking tale. “Brian Friel has been recognized as Ireland’s greatest living playwright…his latest work, MOLLY SWEENEY…confirms that Mr. Friel still writes like a dream.” —NY Times

Contains Mild Language

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Always….Patsy Cline

A Musical written by Ted Swindley

Directed by Jennifer Dunn Courtesy of Ted Swindley

Produced by Darrel R. Carver

April 22-23, 28-30, May 1, 5-8, 12-14, 2011

The musical, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits including “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight”…27 songs in all. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love Always…Patsy Cline.”

Suitable for All Audiences

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Flemming

A Comedic Thriller written by Sam Bobrick.   Directed by Kevin Kimsey

Courtesy of Samuel French, Inc.

June 10-11, 16-19, 23-25

Bored by his privileged but mundane life, Henry Flemming sells his lucrative brokerage firm to become a detective. On his very first case – to the horror of his wife, Karen, and his two crazy neighbors, Suzy and Stan – the Flemming living room begins to fill up with dead bodies. Karen is further annoyed when one of them turns out to be her father. Even though Henry keeps showing up at home every day more disheveled and beaten up, he couldn’t be happier. Henry is convinced he’s found his life’s work and Westport, Connecticut is safer for it. The play is a spoof of the film noir thrillers from the 40s and 50s. Selected play in the 2008 International Mystery Writers’ Festival

Contains Mild Language & Suggested Violence

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Messiah on the Frigidaire

A Comedy written by John Culbertson,   Directed by Kevin Labrum

Courtesy of Samuel French, Inc.

July 15-16, 21-24, 28-30

The small town of Elroy, South Carolina is thrust into the evangelical spotlight when what seems to be the image of Jesus appears on a refrigerator in a trailer park. The discovery by Lou Ann Hightower, her husband Dwayne, and her best friend Betsy, sets into motion a frenzy of conflict, communion and good old fashioned commerce. When the National Investigator turns the appearance into front-page headlines, their trailer park becomes a Mecca for miracle seekers, soul searchers and disciples with a decidedly political agenda. At the urging of the towns business leaders, Betsy pretends to get messages from the appliance-based apparition, and the crowds multiply like loaves and fishes. Through the ordeal, the three undergo an evolution in their relationships with each other, and they are forced to come to grips with their lowly status in the caste system of the rural south. In a region where religion is as much a part of life as grits and cotton fields, God surely moves in mysterious ways.

Contains Mild Language