Theatre West 2016 / 2017 Season of Entertainment

A Season of Simon

JAKE’S WOMEN – Comedy by Neil Simon, Director – Bonnie Ross

1M, 7F  Int. (Oct. 20- Nov. 12, 2016 / Sunday Matinee TBA / Auditions Aug 7 & 8

America's premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships. Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction that with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females. Jake's women include a revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving Jake for another man, and a prospective third wife. Jake, played by Alan Alda on Broadway, and his women definitely deliver.

 

THE SUNSHINE BOYS – Comedy by Neil Simon, Director –Stina Seeger-Gibson

5M, 2F, Int. (Dec. 27, 2016 - Jan. 21, 2017 / Sunday Matinee TBA / Auditions Oct 23 & 24

Al and Willie as "Lewis and Clark" were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren't even speaking. When CBS requests them for a "History of Comedy" retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs.

"It's ham on wry...Simon's sure footed craftsmanship and his one liners are as exquisitely apt as ever." - New York Post

 

THE DINNER PARTY – Comedy by Neil Simon, Director – Wes Ryan

3M, 3F, Int. (March 2 – March 25, 2017 / Sunday Matinee March 19 / Auditions Dec 18 & 19

Here is a decidedly French dinner party served up in a chaotic mode that only a master of comedy could create. Five people are invited to dine at a first rate restaurant in Paris. They do not know who the other guests will be or why they have been invited. Tossed together in a private dining room, they have a sneaking suspicion that this unorthodox dinner party will forever change their lives. John Ritter and Henry Winkler starred in the wildly successful Kennedy Center production and on Broadway

 

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK – Comedy by Neil Simon, Director – Bryan Kirsch

4M, 2F, Int. (May 4 – May 27, 2017 / Sunday Matinee TBA / Auditions Mar 5 & 6

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He's a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she's a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find-too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn't understand Corie, as she sees it. He's too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous, running "barefoot in the park" would be a start...

 

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE (Reprise) - Comedy by Nora and Delia Ephron - Danielle Ryan

Reader's Theatre done in 2015 at Theatre West - Four performances will be presented at the Lincoln City Cultural Center for one weekend Thursday through Saturday, April 13 - 15 with a Saturday Matinee.

 

THE ODD COUPLE - Comedy by Neil Simon, Director – Rich Emery

           Female Version – July      Male Version - August

 (July 6 – August 26, 2017 / Sunday Matinee TBA

Female Version Auditions April 9 & 10, 2M, 6F      Male Version Auditions May 7 & 8, 2F, 6M

July - Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same.

August - This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger, who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as The Odd Couple is born.

 

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