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Forget your cares with laughter this weekend with two comedic productions this weekend.
“It’s Only a Play” at the Melon Patch explores quirky celebrities and theater people waiting for reviews at an after-show party.
“Sirens” at the IceHouse looks at a couple’s mid-life crisis and their relationship.
And, be sure to look ahead to April with “Rumors” by the Bay Street Players and “Godspell” by the Moonlight Players.
“It’s Only a Play”
The Melon Patch Players in Leesburg presents the comedy “It’s Only a Play” for two more weekends until March 28.
In the play, it’s opening night and while celebrities come to the after-show party, a group of insiders are upstairs waiting for reviews. The group includes the excitable playwright, the possibly unstable wunderkind director, the pill-popping leading lady, and the playwright’s best friend, for whom the play was written but who passed up this production for a television series. Added to the mix is a drama critic and a new-in-town aspiring singer.
The cast includes Dustin Lavine as James Wicker; Charlie Halterman as Peter Austin; Jessa Halterman as Julia Budder; Kelly Lake Coy as Virginia Noyes; David Clevinger as Ira Drew; Janik Buranosky as Frank Finger and Giancarlo Osorio as Gus P. Head.
Rated R for strong language, adult situations and humor and drug use. Tickets are $10 to $20 at melonpatchplayers.org.
The IceHouse Theatre in Mount Dora offers the Deborah Zoe Laufer contemporary comedy, “Sirens” on stage until April 4.
The story is set in 2010 in New York and on an island in the Mediterranean. When Sam fell in love with Rose Adelle, he wrote a hit song that has been recorded by every big vocalist. For 25 years, he has longed to reignite that creative spark. While on a cruise for their 25th anniversary, Sam is enraptured by a sublime song in the distance. He jumps off the ship and awakens on the shore of an island inhabited by a Siren, a singing nymph as in the mythological tale. He must strike a bargain with the Siren to allow him to get back to his real life.
Upon his return, he finds that Rose has moved on with her life and he must win her back. Rose has arranged a date with a love interest from her college days, Richard. When they meet, he appears to Rose as he did in the past, as a 20 year old man, the way she remembers him from their romantic relationship. The play is realistic – yet with moments of fantasy, related to both Sam’s and Rose’s midlife crises.
The cast includes David Lowe as songwriter Sam Abrams; Janelle Woodyard as his wife, Rose Adelle; Samantha Stonecipher as the Siren and Alexander LaPlante as Rose’s former love, Richard.
The show is being directed by IceHouse managing artistic director, Darlin Barry, with scenic design by Buddy Fales, lighting design by Philip Lupo, and costume design and sound design by Darlin Barry. Original musical by Robert Cohen.
Tickets are $10 to $24 at icehousetheatre.com or leave a message at 352-383-4616.
The Bay Street Players in Eustis present the Neil Simon comedy, “Rumors,” April 2-18 at the Historic State Theatre.
In the show set in a swanky townhouse where the deputy mayor of New York has just shot himself, but only a flesh wound. As couples gather to celebrate his tenth wedding anniversary, the mayor’s lawyer and lawyer’s wife have to get the story straight, but confusion and miscommunications take over.
Tickets are $11-$25 at eustisstatetheatre.org.
Clermont’s Moonlight Players will perform “Godspell” April 16-18 at the Clermont Performing Arts Center.
The timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love is based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The production follows a small group of people who help Jesus Christ tell different parables in a new age through games, storytelling and a heavy dose of tomfoolery and includes an eclectic blend of songs ranging from pop to vaudeville, including the international hit, “Day by Day.”
Tickets are $20 at clermontperformingarts.com.
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