Your Community Theatre's 2014/15 Season


 


The Best Man
by Gore Vidal
Directed by Dave Woodworth

Vidal's play tells the story of two politicians vying for the Democratic Party's nomination for president of the United States. William Russell, the ex-Secretary of State, is a wit and scholar with high liberal principles, beloved of the eggheads and suspected by practical politicians. Joseph Cantwell is a ruthless and hard-driving young man, a dirty fighter who will let no scruples stand in the way of his ambitions. Cantwell has got hold of papers indicating that his rival once suffered from a mental crackup, which he is all set to use. Then his scrupulous antagonist comes across some incriminating evidence about Cantwell, which he is loath to produce. Throw in the candidates's advisers and wives as well as the former president eager to hand-pick his successor and what you have is a hilarious and biting comedy about American politics in all its ugly glory.


Performances
8:00 PM November 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 2014
2:00 PM November 2
Penfield Community Center

 

2015 WINTER READERS' THEATER
A Shot In The Dark
by Marcel Achard and Harry Kurnitz
Directed by Meredith L.P. Carroll

A good hearted young French maid is hauled before the magistrate on a charge of murder, having been found unconscious, nude, and clutching a gun, with her lover dead beside her. What is most shocking to the magistrate is the complete frankness with which she describes her life and her affairs with both the dead chauffeur and her aristocratic employer. She is so ingenious that the magistrate, at the risk of his juridical neck, decides that she could not have committed the murder.
The investigation expands to include both the aristocratic employer, who cannot answer yes or no in less than a paragraph and his wife who descended in direct line from Attila the Hun. She has been having an affair with her husband's best friend. The magistrate finds the right culprit and the open hearted little parlor maid offers herself to him as a present.

Performance
February 21, 2015
2:00 p.m. @ 1985 Baird Road
Penfield Community Center
Admission is free (donations accepted)

Deathtrap
by Ira Levin
Directed by Jack Simel

Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a "dry" spell that has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney's plan, which he devises with his wife's help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.


Performances
8:00 PM May, 2015
Penfield Community Center

Private Lives
by Noel Coward
Directed by

"Private Lives" is one of the most sophisticated, entertaining plays ever written. Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Their aggrieved spouses appear and a roundelay of affiliations ensues as the women first stick together, then apart, and new partnerships are formed. A uniquely humorous play boasting numerous successful Broadway runs boasting such as stars Coward himself, Laurence Olivier, Tallulah Bankhead, Gertrude Lawrence, Tammy Grimes, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.


Performances
8:00 PM November, 2015
Penfield Community Center

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