Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Unnecessary Farce

by Paul Slade Smith Running Time: 2 hours, with one 15 minute intermission

August 9, 2019 to
August 25, 2019

Cabot Theatre
Directed by Ryan Schabach

A perfect summertime romp!

Featuring Jonathan Gillard Daly, Tim Higgins, Rick Pendzich, Amber Smith, Jenny Wanasek, Ben Yela, Rachael Zientek

Undercover cops Eric and Billie have one job to do: Sit in their Sheboygan motel room and monitor the meeting in the room next door, where an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant. Simple. Easy.

And yet a number of troubling questions need answering. Who's in which room? Who's hired an incomprehensible Scottish hit man? Who's really taken the money? And why does the accountant keep taking off her clothes?

Paul Slade Smith's truly criminal comic sensation riotously re-invents the door-slamming farce for the digital age. It's an absolutely necessary summertime treat!

Co-Sponsored by:
Briggs & Stratton Corporation Foundation
Cary & Susan Silverstein

Read the reviews:

Journal Sentinel"UNNECESSARY FARCE an energetic comedy"

Shepherd Express - "With eight doors for the party to worry about, their actions were timed well, their motions fluid and practiced."

Total Theater - "The plot gets muddied quickly, and soon the audience is laughing every few minutes at the mistaken identities, blunders, plot twists and bedroom situations."

Playwright
Paul Slade Smith
Cast
Mayor Meekly Jonathan Gillard Daly
Agent Frank Tim Higgins
Todd Rick Pendzich
Karen Brown Amber Smith
Mary Meekly Jenny Wanasek
Eric Sheridan Ben Yela
Billie Dwyer Rachael Zientek
Production Staff
Director Ryan Schabach
Scenic Designer Martin McClendon
Costume Designer Aliceson Hackett-Rubel
Lighting Designer David Gipson
Sound Designer David Cecsarini
Props Designer Moira Tracy
Dialect Coach Raeleen McMillion
Fight Choreographer/Intimacy Coach Christopher Elst
Stage Manager Judy Martel
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P=Preview
O=Opening
T=Talkback: post-show Q&A with actors and director
*=Talk Theatre: pre-show interactive discussion beginning at noon
V=ViewPoints: pre-show presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.


Talk Theatre

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:00 PM

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:00 PM

An opportunity to participate in informal pre-show discussions with MCT's Producing Artistic Director and other show-specific theatre artists.

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ViewPoints

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 6:30 PM

Experience in-depth, pre-show presentations led by engaging guest experts who offer insights into show-related issues and field questions from knowledge-hungry patrons.

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Talkbacks

Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:30 PM

Thursday, August 22, 2019 7:30 PM

After select Thursday evening performances, you can meet the artists involved in a production, ask questions about the creative process and discuss your theatergoing experience.

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