BERLIN (June 5th thru July 18th, 2009, CLOSED July 3rd & 4th) – The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre is pleased to announce its production of the Terrance McNally comedy "IT’S ONLY PLAY", directed by Kris McMurray.
It's the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer (Julia Budder) is throwing a lavish party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs where a group of insiders have staked themselves out in the producer's bedroom, waiting for the reviews to come in. Included are the excitable young author; the brilliant but unstable director (who courts failure and is devastated when his work is well received); the pill-popping leading lady (who is hoping to revive her career after a series of flop movies); and the playwright's best friend, an egotistical but insecure comic actor who passed up a chance to star in the play for a television series - which has since been cancelled. Also present are a fawning, hypocritical drama critic (who is a closet playwright); a would-be singer working as a part-time servant; and a hard-boiled lady taxi driver who has seen it all, many times over. The good natured bonhomie with which the evening begins grows steadily bitchier - and funnier - as the reviews (all bad) come in, and those assembled seek desperately to pin the blame on each other. But, as euphoria slides into despair, the narcissism, ambition, childishness and just plain irrationality that infuse the theatre and its denizens take over, and as the curtain falls plans are eagerly afoot for their next venture - this one sure to be the hit they have all been hoping for.
The Cabaret has assembled an amazingly talented cast. Joanne Callahan-Roohr, Tom Roohr, Chris Malone, Marsha Howard Karp are at the center of the story as the producer, scorned actor, author and washed up actress. They think perhaps a hit is among them, but they aren’t sure. Together, their chemistry and lack there of as characters bring a hilarious evening. Also assisting in the comedy are Dave Wall, Bill Adams, Lynn Ferris & Daniel Neiman,
The fine production staff includes Kris McMurray, Artistic Director, Matthew Collin Marrero, Public Relations Director and Resident Set Designer,Barbara Norman, Box Office Manager, Karen Buck, Stage Manager &Joanna Robinson, Light & Sound Technician.
IT’S ONLY A PLAY runs every Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm from JUNE 5th thru JULY 18th, 2009, CLOSED JULY 3rd & 4th. Doors open at 7:15pm. Tickets are now on sale. MasterCard and Visa are accepted. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 860-829-1248. Reservations are highly recommended. Or for more information, visit our website:www.ctcabaret.com The Connecticut Cabaret Theatre is located just off Route 9 (exit 22: Mill Street) and the Berlin Turnpike. Visit the website for detailed directions.
The theatre celebrating 12 years of quality entertainment has but one motto…"BRING YOUR OWN". Presented cabaret-style, patrons are welcome to bring whatever they like to eat or drink with them. They also can enjoy a dessert bar that has a variety of treats to purchase.