1 weekend: 3 plays

By Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer April 13, 2011 04:00 am

"Plaza Suite" is playing at the Rogue Playhouse in Gold Beach. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Ellensburg Theater Company presents ‘Plaza Suite’

GOLD BEACH – 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 – as the bellhop and waiter in the first two acts and Borden Eisler, the groom, in the last act – 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 – 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 – 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 – played by Lynette McPherson, JoLee Smith, Christine Chapman and Julienne Buscho, all of whom are superb actresses – 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 – 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, April 15, 16, 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Sundays April 17 and 24 – 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.