2015-2016 Season (68th)

No Sex Please, We’re British

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By: Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott
October (2015) 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17
Directed by: Ashley Lora-Lee
Asst. Director: Gina Lutz

SYNOPSIS:
(Comedy) A young bride who lives above a bank with her husband, the assistant manager, innocently sends a mail order off for some Scandinavian glassware. What comes is Scandinavian pornography. The plot revolves around what is to be done with the veritable floods of illicit materials, photographs, books, films, and eventually girls, that threaten to engulf this happy couple. The matter is considerably complicated by the man’s mother, his boss, a visiting bank inspector, a police superintendent, and a muddled friend who does everything wrong in his reluctant efforts to set everything right, all of which works up to a hilarious ending.

CAST:
Erin Ryan as Frances
Tim Schumann as Peter
Bobby Harris as Brian
Regina Deavitt as Eleanor
Johnny Smith as Mr. Bromhead
Jim Balcerak as Mr. Needham
Steve Niles as Superintendent Paul
Caitlin Cummiskey as Susan
Laura Berntsen as Barbara
Dan Cochran as Delivery Man

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Video (Trailer)


Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

vanya_cover_8x10By: Christopher Durang
January (2016) 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23
Directed by: Zachary J. Palmer

SYNOPSIS:
(Comedy) Vanya and Sonia’s quiet life in a Bucks county farmhouse is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha arrives unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike. Don’t miss this fantastic comedy, winner of the 2013 Tony for Best Play!

CAST:
Regina Deavitt as Sonia
Kevin Walters as Vanya
Linda Walsh as Cassandra
Rhonda Goldstein as Masha
Tim McCloskey as Spike
Natalie Smith as Nina

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Video (Cast Interviews)
Review


True West

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By: Sam Shepard
March (2016) 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19
Directed by: Jim Balcerek

SYNOPSIS:
(Drama) Austin is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. When his nomadic drifter brother Lee shows up, he bullies his way into staying in Austin’s home and using his car. Lee eventually manages to take over Austin’s screenplay with his pushy conman tactics, and the brothers find themselves forced to cooperate in the creation of a story that will make or break both of their lives. Nominee for the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play!

CAST:
Steven J. Niles as Saul
Dustin Karrat as Austin
Kevin Christian as Lee
Phyllis Blair as Mom

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Video (Trailer)


A or B?

A or B artworkBy: Ken Levine
April (2016) 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16
Directed by: Gina Lutz

SYNOPSIS:
A or B? is a two-person play featuring Abby Morgan, a driven young woman about to meet Ben Steele to interview for a high-profile marketing job with his firm. There is an instant connection between them, but will their relationship be business or pleasure? The story follows Abby and Ben through both possibilities, as lovers and as coworkers, and we see what happens when they choose A or B. A or B? is written by Emmy Award winner Ken Levine, who wrote for some of the best loved television shows of all time including M*A*S*H, Cheers, and classic episodes of Frasier, Wings, and The Simpsons.

CAST:
Jen Newby as Abby Morgan
Ernie Albanesius as Ben Steele

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Video (Trailer)
Video (Interviews)
Review


Incorruptible

Incorruptible cover artBy: Michael Hollinger
June (2016) 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25
Directed by: Fran Carroll
Asst. Director: Rosa Lanzisera

SYNOPSIS:
(Comedy) Priseaux, France, c. 1250 A.D. A monastery struggles to raise money to help the poor since their patron, Saint Foy, hasn’t worked a miracle in 13 years. Things turn darker when a rival church claims to have the real Saint Foy — and their bones are working miracles. All seems lost until the desperate monks take a lesson from a larcenous one-eyed minstrel, who teaches them an outrageous new way to pay old debts.

CAST:
Bob DeMarco as Martin
Lorie Baldwin as Peasant Woman
Steve Niles as Olf
Rick Pine as Charles
Tim Schumann as Felix
Keith Maliszewski as Jack
Amy Peart as Marie
Nancy Vander Zwan as Agatha

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Review


VPH Summer Show

“Fawlty Towers”

Fawlty Towers cover artBy: John Cleese
August (2016) 5, 6, 7, 12, 13
Directed by: Ed Young
Asst. Director: Allison Schrader

SYNOPSIS:
(Comedy) Fawlty Towers is one of the most celebrated TV sitcoms ever to come out of the United Kingdom. The episodes performed in our production will be:

  • The Builders
    Sybil and Basil are planning to go away for the weekend, leaving Polly in charge. Workmen are expected to fix a new door and block up an existing one. But, unbeknownst to Sybil, Basil has changed the contractors from Stubbs’ to the cheaper O’Reilly’s.
  • Communication Problems
    A difficult lady guest arrives and finds fault with everything including the view from her window (“What were you hoping to see? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically . . . “) It transpires that her hearing aid is not working which adds to the confusion. Basil has had a hot tip on a horse but Sybil has banned betting.
  • The Germans
    Sybil is in hospital for an operation on an ingrown toenail so Basil has been left in charge. A party of German guests is expected and Polly is brushing up on her German whilst Basil attempts to hang a moose head in reception. A fire drill is planned but the burglar alarm goes off instead, confusing everyone, and Sybil keeps telephoning from the hospital with fresh instructions.

CAST:
Nigel Rogers as Basil Fawlty
Andrea Ambs as Sybil Fawlty
Alexis Ross as Polly
Thomas Abraham as Manuel
Steve Niles as Major Gowan

Supporting Cast:
Joan Hoffman, Ronit Adini, Mike Powell, Dennis Mahoney, Tim Schumann, Jon Zucker, Jillian Bosmann, Gina Lutz, Bob Harris, and Jeff Froehlich

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