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Moon Over Buffalo
A comedy where everything that could go wrong...does!
by Ken Ludwig
Performances: May 5-21 2023, Fri/Sat 7:30 pm/Sun 2:30 pm
Location: Main Stage at Rise Church, Tigard OR
Directed by Kraig Williams
In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend Me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf, old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.
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The Gin Game
by D.L. Corbin
Performances: July 15-30, 2023, Fri/Sat 7:30 pm/Sun 3:00 pm
Location: Tualatin Hertiage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, OR
Directed by Linda Talluto
This winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, which originally starred Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn and was later revived with Julie Harris and Charles Durning, uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. Fonsia wins every time, and their secrets become weapons used against one another. Weller longs for a victory to counter a lifetime of defeats, but it doesn’t happen. He leaves the stage a broken man, and Fonsia realizes her self-righteous rigidity has led to an embittered, lonely, old age.
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MainStage Ticket Pricing:
Adult: $ 18
Musical Ticket Pricing:
All tickets $13
MainStage Group Discount: Groups of 10 or more, $13 each.
Musical Group Discount: Groups of 10 or more, $18 each.
Fees: $1.15 per ticket convenience fee.