Sunday, May 25, 2008

Who's On First

Who's on First, Jack Sharkey's hysterical nightmare comedy is being presented by The Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre with Durham Irish Repertory Theater (D.I.R.T.) at the Pavilion Stage on the grounds of the Irish Cultural Centre, 2119 Route 145, East Durham, NY.

Performances will be on Friday 6/6, Saturday 6/7, Friday 6/13, Saturday 6/14 & Saturday 6/21 at 7:00 pm, Sunday 6/22 at 2:00 pm.

$15.00 admission benefits the non-profit Centre, call 518-634-2286 or see webpage.

Synopsis: The hijinks start with the basic premise of a husband attending a party early in an attempt to catch his wife in what he thinks is an affair. Then, thanks to a magic lamp and a playwright's twisted imagination the scene is recreated over and over, moving seamlessly from 20's gangsters to upper-crust British to Japanese shoguns and more. The only ingredients that stay consistent from scene to scene are the unlikely presence of a rubber chicken--and the constant laughs! Mary Ellen Petti of East Durham will direct D.I.R.T.'s staging of this comedy with a local cast of stage veterans from Dutchess and Greene Counties.

Jack Sharkey's play kicks off D.I.R.T.'s summer season, which will include the Peanuts-inspired musical "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" in July and Neil Simon's beloved comedy "The Odd Couple" in August. "Who's On First?" marks the fledgling theater company's third local production, following the cabaret "It's a Great Day for the Irish!" in March and the world premier of "On the Expectation of White Christmases" in December. The latter was called "a magnificent work (that) deserves a great success on the national scene" by Hudson-Catskill Newspapers' John Paul Keeler.

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