It centers around what happens when a married pair of former Broadway actors (”show people” who haven't worked in many years), are finally desperate enough to take absolutely any acting job that comes their way.
And, when it does, it comes from a most unexpected source -- a rich young Manhattan executive who hires them to play some “strange” parts for an even stranger salary. During their resulting performances, the show biz pair discover the unexpected delights of dual deception.
Redwood Curtain Artistic Director Clint Rebik directs the production that he describes as a “captivating comedy.” And, it's sure to be made even more delightful by its real life married co-stars, Bonnie and Ron Halverson.
Interestingly enough, Bonnie Halverson actually discovered the script and thought it would be a perfect artistic fit for herself and her husband, both longtime Redwood Curtain regulars. When she brought “Show People” to Redwood Curtain, Rebik said, “it fit our characteristic Redwood Curtain parameters of small cast, simple set and funny-with-an-edge. What's more, our play selection committee noted that the show's fictional married actors bore a strong resemblance to the Halversons.”
“Well, it certainly seemed obvious to us,” Bonnie Halverson said. “Who better to play couple of 'seasoned hams' than Ron and me?”
And, who better to complete the talented cast than two more Redwood Curtain regulars, Nathan Emmons and Nan Voss-Herlihy.
”Rehearsals have been fascinating,” Rebik said, “as each actor has worked out details of their layered deceptions in this farcical comedy.”
Elizabeth Uhazy did the production's scenic design; Greta Stockwell, the lighting; Jon Turney, the sound and Sarah McKinney, the costumes. Heather Faust is the stage manager.
Redwood Curtain's “Show People” has previews on Thursday and Friday; tickets are $10. The play officially opens on Saturday, with a gala reception following the show. Tickets are $17. Curtains are promptly at 8 p.m.
Performances continue on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through July 28 at 8 p.m. On Cheap Date Thursdays (July 12, 19, 26) get two tickets for $20. On Fridays and Saturdays and the 2 p.m. matinee on July 22, tickets are $15. Due to limited seating, advance reservations are recommended; no late seating is allowed after the show begins.
To reserve tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-7688. Purchase tickets securely online at www.redwoodcurtain.com. Redwood Curtain is located at 220 First St., Eureka, between C and D streets. The main entrance is through Snug Alley.
If you go
What: “Show People”
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Where: Redwood Curtain, 220 First St., Eureka
Admission: $10 Thursday and Friday; $17 Saturday