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Murder!  Misadventure! Melodrama! Moving on! Mayhem!


 4 – 25 March                           Murderers by Jeffrey Hatcher

                                                “a killer comedy”

                                                Directed by Gary O’Neill

"Murderers" consists of three comic monologues about revenge, blackmail, money, justice, jealousy, and murder set in the Riddle Key Luxury Senior Retirement Living Center and Golf Course.   Gerald. Lucy. Minka. They look like everyday people, but  they have one dark secret in common-they’re murderers. In this black comedy these three unlikely killers justify their crimes in the most outrageously funny ways. Homicide has never been so hilarious!

The stories:  

THE MAN WHO MARRIED HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW is Gerald Halverson's confession of an elicit love and a plan to shelter five million dollars from the IRS. When Gerald's mother-in-law, Spiffy, finds out she hasn't long to live, Gerald concocts a plan to keep her estate "in the family." But when they move down to Florida to wait out Spiffy's death sentence at Riddle Key, old friends and new faces threaten to spoil the scheme, and a surprise twist throws a wrench into Gerald's plans unless he can pull off the perfect murder.

MARGARET FAYDLE COMES TO TOWN is about Lucy Stickler, the long-suffering wife of Bob, a septuagenarian who used to have a roving eye. Bob's been on his best behavior for the past twenty years, but when Margaret Faydle, the still-glamorous femme fatale who stole him from Lucy when they were young, takes up residence at Riddle Key, Bob goes back into action. So Lucy constructs a diabolical plan to get rid of her cheating spouse and his AARP inamorata once and for all.

MATCH WITS WITH MINKA LUPINO stars Minka Lupino, Riddle Key's ever-sunny, ever-helpful receptionist. Minka is a fan of crime novels who becomes an avenging angel on a mission to rid the retirement community of its predators: the conniving heirs, the sticky-fingered health-care workers, the salesmen and contractors and Bible thumpers who prey upon helpless senior citizens. But when Minka comes face to face with her idol, a famous mystery novelist who has retired to Riddle Key, she knows she's met her match. In the end, only one of them will survive.

****

6 – 27 May                              Run for your Wife by Ray Cooney

                                                “One London cabbie, two wives, one very wild ride”

                                                Directed by Allan Youngson

The story revolves around London Cab driver John Smith with two wives, two lives and a very precise schedule for juggling them both.

Trouble brews when Smith is mugged and ends up in hospital, where both of his addresses surface, causing both the Streatham and Wimbledon police to investigate. Having upset his schedule, Smith becomes hopelessly entangled in his attempts to explain himself to his wives and two suspicious police officers, with “help” from his lazy layabout neighbour upstairs.

****

 18 June @ 2pm                       A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee (a play reading)


****

22 July – 12 August                The Spring Heeled Terror of Stepney Green by Stanley Walsh

                                            Directed by William McCreery-Rye

                                            A Theatre restaurant.


Extra! Extra! Rad the news – Danger lurking in the mews.  Monster strikes – police are fraught – Orders are – “He must be caught”!

****


9 – 30 September                    Good Grief by Keith Waterhouse

                                                “there is far more to life than death”

                                                Directed by Cam Castles

A sensitive, wryly humorous study of a middle-aged widow who finds the courage to break with the past. June keeps a diary in the form of private conversations with her late husband Sam, a national newspaper editor. Her stepdaughter, Pauline, determines to keep an eye on June. Likewise, Eric Grant, an ex-colleague of Sam's. But June strikes out on her own and befriends Duggie, who, like June, is lonely. June, however, discovers that Pauline, Eric and Duggie have their own hidden agenda.


****

4 – 25 November                    There goes the Bride by Ray Cooney

                                                Directed by Janine Francis

When harassed advertising executive Timothy Westerby hits his head on the morning of his daughter's society wedding, he awakes to find himself in the company of Polly Perkins, a 1920s Flapper girl straight out of his current advertising campaign. It soon becomes all too clear that no-one else can see or hear her, and when another bump on the head transports Timothy back to 1926 and the Savoy hotel, the carefully planned wedding preparations disintegrate into chaos as friends and family attempt to lead Timothy back to reality and his daughter down the aisle before the newly arrived Australian in-laws' abandon the wedding...





 
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