1 weekend: 3 plays

By Bill Schlichting, The Curry Coastal Pilot

Ellensburg Theater Company presents 'Plaza Suite'

GOLD BEACH andndash; Six performances remain for the Ellensburg Theater

Company production of "Plaza Suite," a Neil Simon comedy staged at the

Rogue Playhouse.

The play consists of three vignettes that take place in suite 719 of the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Act one, titled "Visitor from Mamaroneck" portrays Sam and Karen

Nash, (Rob Brown and Siobhan Vila), who are revisiting their honeymoon

suite in an attempt by Karen to bring love back into their marriage.

In "Visitor from Hollywood," there's a meeting between smooth-talking

movie producer Jesse Kiplinger (William Dwinell) and his old flame,

suburban housewife Muriel Tate (Carrie Crook-Brown). Muriel promises

herself she will not stay too long. Jesse, however, has other plans in

mind.

Finally, Roy and Norma Hubley (Phil and Pam Dickson) are at the Plaza

on their daughter Mimsey's wedding day in "Visitor from Forest Hills."

Mimsey, however, has locked herself in the suite's bathroom and refuses

to leave no matter how much Roy and Norma attempt to coax her out.

Also performing is Johnathan Pratt andndash; as the bellhop and waiter in the

first two acts and Borden Eisler, the groom, in the last act andndash;andensp;and

Deanna Edwards as Jean McCormick in the first act and Mimsey in the

third.

"Plaza Suite" will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April

15 and 16, and Thursday and Friday, April 21 and 22, as well as 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 17.

Tickets $12. For reservations, call 541-247-4ETC (4382).

Chetco Pelican Players brings back memories in 'Radio Daze'

"Radio Daze" will be presented by the Chetco Pelican Players and The Insider for a three-day run starting Friday, April 15.

During the presentation, the actors will bring back the days of

yesteryear when audiences gathered around the radio in their living

rooms and used their imagination.

The show, presented in costume, is designed to give the audience a

feel for what it was like in the old days of radio. Several performances

will be presented, including recreations of shows presented by Jack

Benny, Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allen, Vic and Sadie, Dr. Weird, a

five-minute mystery and more.

The presentation is directed by Kat Benjamin and performed by

herself, Mary Trailor, Bruce Ellis, Susan Brickley, Brian Skidmore, Dan

Dresser, Mike Moran, and Babs Aydelott. Live sound effects are produced

by Mike Moran and Susan Brickley.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served by Claire Willard on opening night. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for the 7:30 show.

Additional shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, and 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 17, at the Chetco Playhouse, 1240 Chetco Ave., Brookings.

Tickets are available for $10 at Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts, Wright's Custom Framing and The Salty Dog Coffee House.

Reservations can be made by calling 541-469-1877. For information, call 541-469-1857 or visit www.chetcopelicanplayers.org.

Brookings-Harbor Community Theater stages 'Odd Couple andndash; Female Version'

There is no question that Neil Simon's scripts are always a hit, the

question always remains, though, of how well the actors perform.

In the case of the Brookings-Harbor Community Theater's production of

"The Odd Couple andndash; Female Version," only two words can describe the

performance: near perfection.

The lead actresses, Lyn Rogers and Karen McMahon as Olive Madison and

Florence Unger respectively, are both seasoned comedy performers who

know how to bring the audience to tears of laughter through their

actions and facial expressions.

Olive, Florence and a group of female friends andndash; played by Lynette

McPherson, JoLee Smith, Christine Chapman and Julienne Buscho, all of

whom are superb actresses andndash; gather regularly to play Trivial Pursuit. As

the play opens, the women have gathered at Olive's cluttered apartment

to play their board game and be served mystery sandwiches of various

colors of mold. Only on this night, Florence is missing.

After a phone call to her house, the women learn that Florence's

14-year marriage has come to an end and she is missing. The friends

become concerned that Florence may be suicidal, and when she finally

shows up, the women become overly concerned.

Because Florence has no place to go, Olive, the slob, invites the

overly-tidy Florence to stay with her. By morning, the apartment is

extremely tidy and the clash between dirty and clean bring plenty of

humorous situations.

After so much tension builds, Olive decides Florence needs to let

loose. She sets up a date with Constanzuela brothers, a couple of guys

from Spain who live in the building, played by Rick DeHaven and Ira

Tozer.

However, Olive's plan backfires when Florence influences the brothers, rather than the other way around.

Unfortunately, the pace of this section of the play dragged a bit,

even though DeHaven and Tozer are hilarious with their Spanish accents.

The play, directed by Leanne McCurley, will be performed six more

times andndash;andensp;7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, April 15, 16, 22 and 23, and 2

p.m. Sundays April 17 and 24 andndash; at the Harbor Performing Arts Center in

the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for students.

Tickets are available in Harbor at Blockbuster Video, in Brookings at

Wright's Custom Framing and Pacific Rim Copy Center or at the door.

Because of the adult nature of the humor, this production is not

recommended for children younger than 13.

For information or reservations, call 541-469-4700.

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