Monday, December 9, 2013
Morning Sentinel Staff
U.S. Route 201, Madison
474-7176 or lakewoodtheater.org
"Too Many Cooks," Sept. 12-21.
It is 1932 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It is the Depression. It is Prohibition. Irving Bubbalowe knows this. He also knows that he and daughter Honey have risked everything on a new gourmet restaurant opening within a few hours. Their gimmick: renowned singing chef Francois LaPlouffe will be in the kitchen. What Irving doesn't know is that LaPlouffe has failed to appear and is being sought by Immigration officer Veronica Snook. The man in the kitchen is unemployed chef Frank Plunkett who wandered by looking for work. Bubbalowe also does not know that his delivery man has an illegal shipment of booze in the basement that belongs to Chicago gangster Alfonse "Noodles" Feghetti and his right hand man, Shirley. When the delivery man is shot, a teetotaler Dudley-Do-Right Mountie, Hamilton X. Effing, is ready to arrest Bubbalowe for murder and bootlegging. Madness ensues as Bubbalowe and the others create a hornet's nest of fabricated stories and identities as they try valiantly to save the restaurant and themselves from the gangsters and the law.
"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club," Aug. 29-Sept. 7.
The Suicide Club is a theatrical mash-up that will kill you. In the heart of Edwardian London, in the years before World War I, some of Europe's most powerful men gather to play a game whose far-reaching effects could decide the fate of Europe. The game is murder, and this is The Suicide Club. "Suicide by second party" is how an elderly gent explains the club's policy of members helpfully offing each other one by one.
This new stage thriller features the famed sleuth in a tale full of mystery, romance, twists and chills. Daring gambits, desperate gambles, sleight-of-hand and deadly showdowns all play a part in a whip-smart mystery. It is intelligent, clever, teasing, seductively engaging -- and just plain fun. It's elementary, my dear.
LEVI STEWART THEATER
Corinna * 416-5655
"Laffing Room Only," directed by Gary Dorman, Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $6. Performed by the adult actors group.
WATERVILLE OPERA HOUSE
873-7000, operahouse.org or acattheatre.org
"The Secret of Comedy," directed by Jeralyn Shattuck. through Sept. 15. Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. Season's passes are available for $36 and are available at the door,
Aqua City Actor's Theatre presents Michael Kimball's dark comedy, "The Secret of Comedy" finds mother and daughter, Emily and Carey Petrocelli, polishing their comedy routine against their best straight man, husband and father, Dave Petrocelli. When Dave wins the lottery it should be a happy day, but all the money in the world can't cure his wife's cancer. Carey copes by trying to enlist her mother's help in writing a comedy routine about death. But Emily has her own mission -- to lead her family through the stages of grief, from denial to acceptance.
Featuring Dee Cooke as Emily, Dan Goodheart as Dave, Karen LaPlante as Carey along with Meaghan Miner, Margi Hayes, Juan Lavalle-Rivera, Tessa Hathaway.
"Parents Night Out: Comedy about Family," with Karen Morgan and Jim Colliton. Sept. 13. Tickets: $16.50.
Marriage, mayhem and minivans! National headlining comedians Karen Morgan and Jim Colliton join together in this hilarious show about parenting, marriage, and family. Jim and Karen are both happily married -- just not to each other -- so they bring both perspectives of the relationship to the stage. Through stand-up comedy and hilarious audience participation, Karen and Jim take you on a wild ride through the insane world that is family. The show is clean but intended for grown-ups.
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