OnStage Playhouse’s current production of Douglas Carter Beane’s “The Country Club” is running through Oct. 9. The community theater production is directed by Teri Brown and produced by Jenna Long.
Soos — young, witty and charmingly neurotic — retreats from a failed marriage to her upper-class hometown, the type of WASP domain with the houses “that made Martha Stewart forget she was Polish.” As party after party unfolds, the getaway weekend gives way to a year, and ultimately the rest of her life.
Brittle conversation is bandied about as Soos is reunited with her one-time boyfriend, the ever charming Zip. She also returns to her circle of old friends: the high-strung party planner Froggy, the wry and sarcastic Pooker and the drunken good ol’ boy Hutch. But cracks soon begin to show in the veneer. As Pooker observes between cocktail sips, “We all have our little stories and nobody brings them up — that’s what’s known as community spirit.”
Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday night at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students, seniors, military and first responders. Tickets can be purchased by calling the OnStage Playhouse box office at 422-7787 or on-line at www.OnStagePlayhouse.com.
Spotlight on Lee Blessing
OnStage Playhouse presents a spotlight on this famous and popular playwright with readings of two of his well-known works.
“Fortinbras,” directed by Nathan Plummer, will be presented for one night only on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
At the end of Shakespeare’s immortal “Hamlet,” young prince Fortinbras walks on stage to assume the crown of Denmark. Blessing takes us on a hilarious journey through the new king's reign — complete with ghost, mayhem and murder.
Appearing will be Andrea Gardener, Bea Gonzalez, Desmond Hassing, Steven Jensen, Thomas Mack, Steve Murdock, Sean O’Hara and Nathan Plummer.
“A Body of Water,” directed by Chad Oakley and described as “95 minutes of existential hide-and-seek,” will be presented on Sept. 26, also at 7:30 p.m.
Moss and Avis, an attractive, middle-aged couple, wake up one morning in an isolated summer house high above a picturesque body of water. The weather’s fine; the view’s magnificent. There’s only one problem: neither of them can remember who they are. When a young woman named Wren arrives, information starts to flood in. But will it help? Her explanations seem only to make Moss and Avis’ world — as well as ours — more terrifying.
Appearing will be Lee Donnelly, Jeff Laurence and Michelle DeFrancesco.
All seats are priced at $10 for both readings.