Sunday, November 8, 2015

WMSC’s Prime Time Players Present Four Comedies

by Rosabelle Tifft

One of the four comedy plays to be performed by WMSC’s Prime Time Players at their fall performance was a first prize award winner by the International Thespian Society and Dramatics Magazine. "The Tale That Wagged the Dog" by Tim Kelly will be performed on Nov. 20 and 21 at 7 pm at Gould Academy’s McLaughlin Auditorium.

In the play Johann Strauss, The Waltz King, visits America on tour, to the excitement and interest of the ladies. Meanwhile, Rudolph, the composer’s valet, played by Norman Milliard, does a thriving business selling locks of the maestro’s hair. However, the hair comes from Strauss’s little dog, Bobo. One after another, young women invade the hotel suite: Arabella, played by Barb Dion; Charity, by Roberta Taylor; and Prudence, by Pat McCartney. They are determined to have a lock of their idol’s hair. Rudolph’s shrewish wife, Trudi, played by Tineke Ouwinga, wants to end the deception. How Rudolph deals with the women makes this play a delight.

"The Tale That Wagged the Dog" cast: seated, Norman Milliard; standing from left, Barb Dion, Pat McCartney, Roberta Taylor, Tineke Ouwinga

The three other comedy plays include a monologue, “Kindness of Strangers,” by Jim Gordon and featuring Lorrie Hoeh; “Drinks with Charles” by Jim Gordon, with Tim LeConey, Roberta Taylor, Barb Dion and Tineke Ouwinga; and “The Bickersons,” an adaptation of the December 27, 1946 radio broadcast of The Bickersons, which features Rosabelle Tifft and Jim McLean with Jack Kuchta as the announcer.

Jack Kuchta, new director, said the theme for the evening, “What Goes ‘round, Comes ‘round,” shows that some people are complex and not always as they appear at first encounter. With the cast of veteran and “young-at-heart" players, this promises to be an evening of fun and excitement. 

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