Thursday, November 13, 2008

Another Opening, Not Just Another Show

If you've never seen nor read a play by David Ives, you have to know he is one of the funniest contemporary playwrights. One could easily describe his work as "absurd", "satirical" and "farcical" but the best adjective is "uproarious." Granted, there may be a moment or 2 to catch your breath and wipe away a tear but words and actions often fly by before one can comprehend the content or intent.

The Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company presents Ives' "Mere Mortals" from Thursday November 13 through Saturday November 22. Like most of his works, this show is a series of short one-act plays that look at the human condition in ways most people would not. Directed by Joni Westfield, the cast of young actors (ages 14-20) grab ahold of the fast-paced material and doesn't let go until the last laugh.

Performances start tonight at 7 p.m. with the "pay-what-you-can preview" meaning you should bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Food Pantry and leave a monetary donation for Oddfellows. The rest of the schedule is this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., next Friday (11/21) at 7:30 and the final show Saturday (11/22) at 7 p.m. For more information, call 347-6143.

By the way, if you've not attended an OP production in the past decade (or ever), you'll be quite impressed by the quality of the work these young thespians and their accomplished directors (and crews) create. Give them a hand and support their efforts.

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