2018 Season

FAMOUS AND FUNNY ROMANTIC COMEDY

Barefoot in the Park

by Neil Simon
directed by Michael Perlman

Corie is a romantic free spirit. Paul is a conservative young lawyer. This classic romantic comedy follows these six-day-old newlyweds as their dream marriage and five-story walk-up apartment fall apart in front of their very eyes. This hilarious and profoundly touching 1963 play by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Neil Simon explores universal questions about love, compatibility and relationships. Sometimes unpacking the emotional baggage is the biggest move of all.

Venue: The Ruth
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: PG for mild language

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 FLY OVER THE RAINBOW

The Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum
Music and Score of the MGM film by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
directed by Emily Van Fleet

We’re off to see the Wizard! Experience this time-honored story as Dorothy travels from the plains of Kansas to the magical world of Oz. Adapted from the classic 1939 film by MGM, The Wizard of Oz takes our young heroine on a fantastical journey of adventure and adversity. Complete with a scarecrow, a tin man, a not-so-fearless lion, a wicked witch, and a little dog, too. So grab your friends and your ruby slippers and get ready to be blown away.

Venue: Main Stage
Genre: Musical. Family. Fantasy
Rating: G

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 UNSUPERVISED FUN

Boomtown Season 12

Twelve is the age when almost-teenagers get impatient for their upcoming transition to semi-adulthood. When they get to stay home after school alone. Little do they know their parents tremble in their beds at night, dreaming of a world where children do their own laundry and don’t complain about the reheated burger for dinner because sometimes mom just WANTS SOME TIME TO HERSELF. Ahem. Anyway, you know what all this means. Boomtown Improv is back. We’re twelve. And we’re unsupervised. Bring the popcorn.

Venue: The Ruth
Genre: Comedy
Rating: PG-13 for some language and adult themes

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TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS

9 to 5

Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture
directed by Amanda Berg Wilson

A toe-tapping smash musical with music and lyrics by the one and only Dolly Parton. What happens when three female co-workers are pushed to the limit by their sexist, lying, conniving boss and decide to take matters into their own–very capable–hands? Based on the groundbreaking and popular 1980 film, this hilarious and timely story about friendship and revenge will leave you feeling triumphant and your heart singing. Cause when the going gets tough, What Would Dolly Do? Write a hit musical, darlin’!

Venue: Main Stage
Genre: Musical. Comedy.
Rating: PG-13 for mild language, fantasy violence, comedic drug use

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FURIOUSLY CURIOUS

The KID Show

Abandoned Way Out West
Written and Directed by Diana Burbano

Aquilina is a clever, courageous, and imaginative girl who leads a group of orphans in a recently abandoned wild west town. Will the railroad town disappear completely? Will Aquilina and her crew be sent to orphanages around the country? Join us to find the missing deed and solve the mystery of their town’s original founders!

Now in its 16th season The KID Show program will continue to empowered young creative minds to develop and produce a new play alongside professional mentors. This program has been recognized four consecutive years by the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

Venue: The Ruth
Rating: G

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 AN EXCITING TWIST ON A CLASSIC CHARACTER

Miss Holmes

by Christopher M. Walsh
Based on characters by Arthur Conan Doyle
directed by Jessica Jackson

An anonymous note, a fearful wife, and a pair of curious shoes? Sounds like a perfect case Holmes and Watson. Ah but there’s a twist: Miss Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Dorothy Watson sleuth their way through the twists and turns of this classic mystery. The Chicago Tribune calls it “a cunning and highly enjoyable gender-bent take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s maddeningly brilliant detective.” If you fancied Around the World in 80 Days, you’ll love the lightning-quick pace and skillful character swaps of Miss Holmes. The game’s afoot!

Venue: Main Stage
Genre: Detective, Mystery, Suspense
Rating: PG for some suspense

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LOVE, LOSS, AND FAMILY

Guadalupe in the Guest Room

by Tony Meneses
directed by Sara Guerrero

Guadalupe has lost a daughter, Steve has lost a wife, and neither of them can find enough common ground to talk about it. Coupled with the fact that neither of them can speak the other’s language, they find a new way to connect: through an unlikely love of Telenovela–the wildly popular Latin American soap opera. How can such different people come together and take a step toward healing? Guadalupe offers a profound look into the complexities of language, grief, loneliness, love, laughter, and new beginnings.

Venue: The Ruth
Genre: Drama
Rating: R for some strong language, adult content

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