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Entertaining Since 1966

By Charles Busch. Directed by John Nunemaker.

The Tale of the Allergist's Wife by Charles Busch

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Performance Dates

July 12-27, 2013


Synopsis

Marjorie Taub is your stereotypical Upper West Side society wife. Married to a successful doctor, her life is a non-stop whirl within the arts world: meeting artists at the Whitney, high profile openings at the Met, and performances at BAM. Marjorie's seen and done it all, but a mid-life crisis is just waiting to happen. When an old childhood friend suddenly reappears in Manhattan, Marjorie is shaken out of her safe and staid world and into experiences she never expected.

Cast

Marjorie
Christine Conroy Smith

Christine Conroy Smith

Mohammed
Uday Berry

Uday Berry

Ira
Tim Sayles

Tim Sayles

Frieda
Hillary Mazer

Hillary Mazer

Lee
Edye Smith

Edye Smith

Director's Notes

What happens when you become overwhelmed? Each of us have our own way of dealing with the stresses of life. I for one love to drink coffee and smoke (I know, I shouldn’t do it, I am too young, etc., but I knew what I was getting into), not saying they are healthy for me, but they help me deal with stressful situations. For some, they yell, cry, brood, clean or work hard. Marjorie Taub did something completely different - she went into full-bodied meltdown and mid-life crisis mode all starting in a Disney Store! What can be done? Ira and Frieda try everything to help, but nothing is working - until Lee shows up. Lee, a friend from Marjorie’s childhood - or is she? When Lee comes on the scene, everything changes for better or worse and Marjorie and her family will never be the same. You will laugh and you will feel so wrong for laughing about the situation and what happens, but in the end - it is what’s meant to happen. How better to relieve the stress of life than to laugh at the situations of others. On a hot summer day, joining us here and watching the crazy lives of Marjorie, Ira, Frieda, Mohammed and Lee, you can stay cool, laugh, and have a good time with The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.

Enjoy!

John Nunemaker, Director


Reviews


'The Tale of the Allergist's Wife’ at Bowie Community Theatre by Julia L. Exline - DC Metro Theater Arts Review


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By R T Robinson. Directed by Bob Sams

The Cover of Life by R. T. Robinson

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Performance Dates

November 8-24, 2013


Synopsis

Henry Luce needs a cover story for Life Magazine, and he's found it in Tood, Weetsie and Sybil Cliffert. Intrigued by these three young Louisiana housewives, keeping the home fires burning for their husbands - three brothers who are all off at war - he sends Kate Miller to write his prize story. Fresh off assignment in Europe, Kate resents being assigned to a fluff piece about military wives, but she hasn't landed a cover story yet and ambition is riding her hard. A week with the Clifferts rocks the foundations of Kate's world and all four women walk away changed - for Life and life.

Please note: Adult Language and Subject Matters

Cast

Kate Miller
Diane Sams

Diane Sams

Tood
Caity Brown

Caity Brown

Weetsie
Rinn Delaney

Rinn Delaney

Aunt Ola
Kathryn Huston

Kathryn Huston

Sybil
Terra Vigil

Terra Vigil

Addie Mae
Whisper Washington

Whisper Washington

Tommy
Ian Cooper

Ian Cooper

Director's Notes

World War II changed everything.

The United States became a world power. Because of the manpower requirements of the Armed Forces and the draft, American men were exposed to men from places and ethnicities they would never have encountered in the pre-war world. Society and personal expectations changed. Change came not only to the men, but also to the women. The seeds of modern feminism were sown.

In “The Cover of Life” we come to know four women in rural Northeastern Louisiana. We see how they deal with the changes in their lives. Until the time of the story their lives have been determined by their men. Now those men are absent. How do they cope? What paths will they follow in this new world not controlled by men? How will they deal with the new opportunities and fears which come with their changed lives? What price will they be called upon to pay?

Four women. Four paths.

“The Cover of Life” is an intriguing, involving, funny, and emotional journey for characters and audience alike.

A note on “Stage Ninjas”.

The people who work backstage are never properly appreciated.

I have, however, come across a couple of instances in Asian Theater which may help us remedy this. In Chinese Theater there are the “property men.” These are men who come onstage during the action to move furniture or to hand props to the actors. The audience knows to ignore them. It is as if they are not there. In Japanese Bun-Raku puppetry the puppeteers are dressed in black except for their heads and, while always in the audience’s view, they are also treated as though they were invisible.

So, also, with our stage crew. They are silent. They are efficient. They are quick. (They may be deadly.) They are our “STAGE NINJAS!”

We hope, at the end of the show, you will show them your appreciation.

Bob Sams, Director


Reviews

Gazette.net Preview Article - Bowie Community Theatre presents "The Cover of Life"

Arundel Voice Preview Article - Bowie Community Theatre Explores The Journey to Self-Discovery in "The Cover of Life"

'The Cover of Life' at Bowie Community Theatre by Ramona Harper - DC Metro Theater Arts Review


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The Cover of Life

The Cover of Life

By Shannon Michal Dow, Jan Henson Dow and Robert Schroede

Dark Passages by Shannon Michal Dow, Jan Henson Dow and Robert Schroeder

Produced by special arrangement with Popular Play Service

Synopsis

Mark and Bret's little college town used to be a great place, but not anymore. Women have been attacked in the area, and Bret is terrified that her missing best friends are the latest victims. Mark is more worried that Bret is cheating on him. Bret's creepy landlord is watching their relationship implode through a mirror in her apartment, unbeknownst to them both. When a detective with a colorful past arrives in town to investigate the disappearances, this little whodunit twists and turns its way to a scary conclusion.

Cast

Harold Lemb
Scott Beadle

Scott Beadle

Sandy Barker
Chrisshall Daniel

Chrisshall Daniel

Bret Conway
Amanda Magoffin

Amanda Magoffin

Mark Ryder
Pat Reynolds


Pat Reynolds

Eric Soames
Matt Leyendecker


Matt Leyendecker

Police Detective Russell Craig
James McDaniel

James McDaniel

Gillian Hastings
Lenora Spahn

Lenora Spahn

Review

Review from Maryland Theatre Guide

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