Season 43 2023-2024


Things My Mother Taught Me

By Katherine DiSavino

Directed by Jesse Sundet

Comedy – Light-hearted – Modern

Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together. They’ve just packed up all of their belongings and driven halfway across the country, to start a new life together in Chicago. Their moving day doesn’t go exactly as planned, though, and things become slightly more complicated when all of their parents show up to help! Can a two-bedroom apartment contain all the love, laughs, worry and wisdom that’s about to happen? Funny and touching, this comedy will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.

Show Dates: August 25-26, 31, September 1-3, 7-9. Matinees on Sept 3 and 9.

Duration: 90 minutes plus a 15-minute intermission

Rating: Ages 13+ for moderate adult language and references to adult topics


Reefer Madness

Book by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney / Music by Dan Studney / Lyrics by Kevin Murphy

Directed by Shannon Peterson

Musical Satire – Irreverent – Campy

Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex, and violence. You won’t be able to resist the spoofy fun of Reefer Madness. The addictive, clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like “Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime” and the Vegas-style “Listen to Jesus, Jimmy,” featuring J.C. Himself leading a chorus of showgirl angels. Reefer Madness is a highly stylized and satirical political commentary that will leave you wanting more.

Show Dates: October 6-7, 12-15, 19-22, 26-28. Matinees on October 15 and 22

Duration: 2 hours plus a 15-minute intermission

Rating: Ages 16+ for frequent adult language and content including suggestive sexual content, drug usage and violence. Not recommended for younger audiences. Please note this show utilizes smoke and fog effects.


A Twisted Christmas Carol

By Phil Olson

Directed by Kelliey Black-Chavez

Comedy – Southern – Unique

It’s Christmas Eve in a small west Texas town, and cantankerous barbecue joint owner Buford Johnson gets in an argument with his wife Darla, tells her he’s skipping Christmas, storms out of the restaurant, goes four-wheeling in his pickup, gets hit by a twister, and rolls his truck. Now in a coma, Bufford is visited by ex-business partner, Hank Walker, who plays the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. Hank takes Buford on a Christmas Carol journey, only Texas-style.

Show Dates: December 1-2, 7-9, 14-17, and 21-23. Matinees on Dec 9 and 17

Duration: 2 hours plus a 15-minute intermission

Rating: Ages 10+ for mild adult situations


Love…or Best Offer

By Phil Olson

Directed by Lance Taylor

Comedy – Insightful – New Play

LOVE…or Best Offer is a new romantic comedy about the trials and tribulations, mostly trials, of online dating in the “over 50” generation. Cheryl is a widow of two years; Stan is newly divorced. After failed blind dates, their best friends convince them to try a new online dating service. Coached with the worst dating advice in the world from their well-intentioned friends, Cheryl and Stan set out to find happiness and true love, online. All the trials and tribulations of online dating come to the forefront, including overcoming heartbreak and rejection, all in an effort to find love, or best offer.

Show Dates: January 19-20, 25-28, February 1-3. Matinees January 28 and Feb 3.

Duration: 2 hours plus a 15-minute intermission

Rating: Ages 10+ for mild adult situations and language


Avenue Q

Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez / Book by Jeff Whitty / Original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx

Directed by Ryan White

Musical Parody – Edgy – HeartFELT (pun intended)

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. 

The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it parodies a beloved children’s show (though don’t bring your kids to see this one!) a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

Show Dates: March 1-2, 7-10, 14-17, and 21-23. Matinees on March 10 and 17.

Duration: 2 hours plus a 15-minute intermission

Rating: Ages 16+ for frequent adult language and situations including sexual content. Not recommended for younger audiences.


Proof

By David Auburn

Directed by Garrett Ryan

Drama – Exhilarating – Layered

Winner of a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, her father’s former student. Over the long weekend that follows, the discovery of a mysterious notebook and a possible romance draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit? 

Show Dates: April 19-20, 25-28, May 2-4. Matinees on April 28 and May 4.

Duration: 2 hours plus a 15-minute intermission

Rating: Ages 16+ for frequent adult language, moderate adult content and situations


The Butler Did It

By Walter Marks and Peter Marks

Directed by Curtis Ransom

Thriller – Witty – Engaging

The scene is the set where Anthony J. Lefcourt, writer and director, is rehearsing his new play, a “classic whodunit” (in which all the characters are named Butler) with which he hopes to regain the success that has eluded him in recent seasons. Desperately eager to stimulate his cast to their best efforts, he has deliberately withheld the final scene of the play from them, but his patience is worn thin by the petty jealousies and romantic rivalries that detract from their concentration. The plot begins to twist and turn with such dazzling ingenuity—and hilarity—that soon actors and audience alike have lost track of what is real and what is make-believe—until a surprise ending sets matters straight in a most bizarre and ironic way.

Show Dates: May 31-June 1, 6-9, 13-15. Matinees on June 9 and 15.

Duration: 2 hours plus a 15-minute intermission

Rating: Ages 13+ for moderate adult language, content, and violence


The Legend of Georgia McBride

By Matthew López

Directed by Evencio Bahena

Comedy – Transformative – LGBTQIA+

Casey is an Elvis impersonator with everything going for him, including a flashy sequin jumpsuit. But just like that he loses his gig, rent is overdue and his wife announces a baby on the way. So when Elvis leaves the building and a drag show moves in, “The King” transforms into an all-out queen with the help of some new friends who become the second family Casey never saw coming. With snappy zingers and dance-worthy numbers, this wildly entertaining story will challenge your assumptions with extraordinary humor and depth.

Show Dates: July 12-13, 18-21, 25-27. Matinees on July 21 and 27.

Duration: 2 hours plus a 15-minute intermission

Rating: Ages 13+ for moderate adult language and adult content