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Chapter Two

By Neil Simon

Directed by Tom Mackan
Produced by Jan & John Durbin

When Neil Simon writes about a guy trying to help another guy solve a romantic crisis we’re sure to be in for a couple of hours of huge laughs. Simon knows his marital and romantic roadmaps and never misses the right twist or turn to keep us completely involved and always en route to hilarity. This play is one of his best.

George, a recent widower and a writer, can’t get out of his depression. Bring on his younger brother Leo with plans to get him dating again. Predictably there is a series of bad matches and the fun begins. But Leo comes up with Jennie who looks like a keeper, and this pair of not so young lovers set out on a bumpy road to happiness-ever-after, but not without the comedy that Simon can so dependably provide. Laugh after laugh will keep us rolling along. Add a neurotic friend of Jenny to mix it up with Leo and the merriment is irrepressible.

“A sure smash!”
– Variety

“Lovely, whimsical, and touching and always funny .. most of the time downright hilarious.”
– New York Post

Production Dates: February 4-5, 10-13*, 17-19 2011
*matinee 2:00 pm

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Born Yesterday

By Garson Kanin

Directed by Dia Frid
Produced by Michelle Spanik

The story of junkyard tycoon Harry Brock, who, as the play opens, is checking into a luxury hotel suite where he intends to stay as long as it takes to buy himself a Senator. Accompanying Harry are his cousin-cum-manservant, Eddie, his schyster attorney, Ed Devery, and his longtime cutie pie, a dim-witted doll named Billie Dawn. Besides her obvious recreational value, Billie is useful because she unwittingly serves as a front for Harry’s shady shenanigans, but she’s also embarrassingly ignorant and uncouth. When Paul Verrall, a nosy young reporter for the New Republic, comes sniffing around for a story, Harry puts him off the trail by putting him on the payroll as Billie’s private tutor. In the process of smoothing out the ex-chorus girl’s considerable rough edges, Paul falls hard for Billie and before long, Billie’s eyes are opened, not only to Harry’s dirty deeds, but also to the exhilaration of discovering that she’s got a brain and thanks to Paul, she’s learning how to use it.

Production Dates: February 1-2, 7-10*, 14-16 2008

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