For local theater fans craving riotous laughs and zany situational irony, Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies,” is the ticket. Nemasket River Productions’ spring show will be opening April 14th at The Alley Theatre at 133 Centre Street in Middleboro.
Farcical in nature, “Ladies” involves the misadventures of two struggling Shakespearean thespians named Leo Clark (Garrett Olson) and Jack Gable (Eric Henderson) whose less-than-stellar acting careers have left them unfulfilled and, among other things, broke.
Playwright Ken Ludwig gives us familiar characters in his comedies, but only after giving them a little twist. Set in York County, PA, native Ludwig uses his home turf as the setting for a silly bit of 1950s nonsense about two English actors masquerading as Max and Stevie, long lost English relatives to a dying (but not quite dead) heiress . No one behaves quite as expected in this farce, which is filled with the disguises, deceptions and double-crosses and a fabulous fight scene with “real” swords and a very sweet character, Audrey, (Victoria Kirichok) on roller skates!
The veteran cast assembled by director Jess Wilson dives into this happy stew with a lot of zest. Meg, played by NRP newcomer Lorna Nogueira, is a complicated woman who secretly dreams of a life in the theater. In the opening scene, we meet Meg’s intended, a self-serving minister named Duncan (Steve Doherty) whose desire for his much younger fiancee’s impending wealth, seem a little unchristian. Adding to the brew, there’s the ornery heiress, Florence (Sheila McCormick) and her remarkably incompetent doctor (Alberto Rizzotti), who incorrectly pronounces her dead on more than one occasion. As he explains it, “Hey, anyone can make a mistake.” Finally there is Audrey’s boyfriend Butch (Jeffrey Ruel) who’s a nice enough local yokel, but it’s questionable whether he can win the competition for her affection.
Audiences will have no problems with Ludwig’s fast-moving “Leading Ladies.” They can simply sit back and let the nuttiness on stage take hold.
Leading Ladies: opening on Friday, April 14th at the Alley Theatre, 133 Centre Street, Middleboro and continuing April 15, 21,22,23,28,29 at 8pm with a 2pm matinee on
April 23rd . Tickets are $20 General Admission and $18 Seniors & Students, Matinee $15.
All performances can be combined with our “Dinner and a Show” special, a dinner theatre experience in collaboration with Lorenzo’s (Rt 28, Middleboro) 508-947-3000. Three course meal including glass of wine for $21.98 bring receipt to our box office before the show and tickets are only $15.00. For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter, Tumble or Instagram sites. You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via EventBrite (through our website) and at the door.