by Larry Shue
Opening April 2016
Now an aspiring young architect in Terre Haute, Indiana, Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, "you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you"-so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless "nerd"-a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. And Rick stays on and on, his continued presence among Willum and his friends leading to one uproarious incident after another, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence-a dire development which, happily, is staved off by the surprising "twist" ending of the play.
DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER
by Marc Camoletti & Adapted by Robin Hawdon
Opening May 2016
In a stylishly converted French farmhouse, Bernard is planning to entertain his chic Parisian mistress for the weekend, whilst his wife is away. Everything is planned, nothing can go wrong.... Until his wife decides not to go away after all, his best friend turns up unexpectedly, the friend has to pretend the mistress is his, the wife is having an affair with the friend, the cook gets mistaken for the mistress, the mistress then has to pretend to be the cook... Still following? Could it all get worse? Well yes actually, but it would take too long to explain here. Suffice to say that the complications and contrivances mount at breakneck speed to an inevitable nuclear conclusion.
'Hurtling along at the speed of light, this breathtaking farce is a near faultless piece of theatrical invention. Within seconds we are drawn into a delicious web of marital treachery which accelerates with classic symmetry to an all-star denouement.' The Guardian.
'....the labyrinthine twists and turns are liberally sprinkled with jokes, amiably roared to keep everyone giggling... it gives the whole cast the chance to enjoy themselves going over the top.... the performance is a delight.' Daily Telegraph.