FEBRUARY 14 - MARCH 24, 2013
by Paul Rudnick
Directed by Sabian Trout
and Michael Woodson
ABOUT THE PLAY
This comedy of Manhattan manners explores marriage, friendships and squandered riches. The setting: a Park Avenue penthouse. The players: a powerhouse attorney, his deliriously social wife and their closest friend, one of the world's most staggeringly successful fashion designers. Add all of the one-liners space allows, and the result is a smash-hit comedy.
"One of the funniest quipmeisters on the planet...he makes a case for frivolity as an existential choice, for the necessity of laughter." - New York Times
"Paul Rudnick, ever the stylish and witty playwright, pressed foot to pedal on his imaginative overdrive to see how far it would take him into his new comedy and it seems to have taken him into an elegant terrain." -Playbill.com
Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 PM with Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM.
Thursday shows added - March 14 and 21 at 7:30pm
February 14 - March 24, 2013
Preview Performances: February 14 and 15 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 PM - Reception with the cast after the show
Preview Tickets: $12 | Regular Tickets: $18 with discounts available
To make your reservation call (520) 327-4242
The play you’re about to see is about marriage. Specifically, it asks tough, hilarious questions about why people choose to marry – or choose not to marry. I won’t belabor the subject by adding to the play’s philosophical, ethical, and political dilemmas. I will, however, share a few of my favorite funny quotes about marriage, to get you in the mood for the performance:
I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
Do you know what it means to come home at night to a woman who'll give you a little love, a little affection, a little tenderness? It means you're in the wrong house!
— Henny Youngman
A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished.
— Zsa Zsa Gabor
Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?
— Groucho Marx
If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.
— Katharine Hepburn
Never get married in college; it's hard to get a start if a prospective employer finds you've already made one mistake.
— Elbert Hubbard
Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.
— Gilbert K. Chesterton
The secret of a successful marriage is not to be at home too much.
— Colin Chapman
Marriage is an attempt to solve problems together which you didn't even have when you were on your own.
— Eddie Cantor
Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and give her a house.
— Lewis Grizzard
I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us.
— Kinky Friedman
Thank you so much for choosing Live Theatre Workshop, and supporting the Arts in Tucson. Enjoy the Show!
Sabian Trout - Director
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Paul M. Rudnick is an American playwright. He is the author of JEFFREY, for which he won an Obie award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and the John Gassner Award. His other plays include I HATE HAMLET and COSMETIC SURGERY. His novels, SOCIAL DISEASE and I’LL TAKE IT were both published by Knopf. Rudnick’s film work includes ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES and the screen version of JEFFREY. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Spy, The New York Times, Vogue, and Esquire.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Sabian Trout (Director) - is thoroughly enjoying her seventh season as LTW’s Artistic Director. Previous LTW directing credits include IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, MAURITIUS, RECKLESS, THREE VIEWINGS, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, TRYING, THE DINNER PARTY, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, THE GIN GAME, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, SHIRLEY VALENTINE, LOST IN YONKERS, FUNNY MONEY, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH, BELL BOOK AND CANDLE, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, BROADWAY BOUND and BABY WITH THE BATHWATER. Sabian has over 30 years of experience as a director, actor, stage manager, producer, and theatre teacher. Professional credits include productions at the Stratford Festival of Canada, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Austin’s State Theatre, LA Theatre Works, and Arizona Theatre Company.
Lesley Abrams (Tibby McCullough) - is co-founder of the Laughing Stock Comedy Company, which specializes in creating customized, improvised comedy for business audiences nationwide. She has performed locally in productions of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (Mac Award -- Best Actress) THE LION IN WINTER, DOROTHY PARKER’S LAST CALL (which she wrote), IMMORTAL LONGINGS, DOUBT, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, NOISES OFF, SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU, and FROZEN (MAC Award, Best Actress.) She is thrilled to be returning to the mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop where she previously appeared in THREE VIEWINGS.
Shanna Brock (Spencer McCullough understudy) - has previously appeared on the mainstage at Live Theatre Workshop as Elizabeth (TAKING STEPS), Yvonne (THE DINNER PARTY), Sandra (A THOUSAND CLOWNS) and Gertie (WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY). She was last seen locally performing with Arizona Onstage Productions in THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES and with Studio Connections in FAT PIG. Elsewhere, Shanna has performed with Pistarckle Theater, Gaslight Theatre and Arizona Repetory Theater.
Amanda Gremel (Spencer McCullough) - is the Director of Family Theatre Director at LTW. She was last seen on the Main Stage as Chours in HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE which won the MAC Award for best Drama. Her other roles include Janet ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, Kitty TAKING STEPS, Patty KIMBERLY AKIMBO, and CB's Sister DOG SEES GOD, CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD.
Rhonda Hallquist (Myra Kesselman) - was last seen onstage at LTW as Mary (MAURITIUS), cranky neighbor Sue (ALL MY SONS), and before that as Rachel (RECKLESS -- 2011 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress). Other favorite LTW roles include Lane (THE CLEAN HOUSE -- 2010 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy), Betty (WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY), and Suzanne (DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER). For Beowulf Alley Theatre, she has played Maureen (THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE -- also a 2011 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress), and Beth (DINNER WITH FRIENDS). For Sacred Chicken Productions, she played Casey (ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS -- 2009 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy), and directed BECKY'S NEW CAR, and she directed THE COCKTAIL HOUR for LTW.
Pat Timm (Marietta Claypoole) - has been delighted to be a part of this zany production of REGRETS ONLY. A native of Sioux Falls, SD who lived for many years in Schenectady, NY, she is very happy to be in Tucson--where you don't have to shovel the heat! Pat appeared in and directed numerous productions in both locations. She was most recently seen in RADIUM GIRLS at Beowulf Alley, where she also directed A CACTUS CHRISTMAS. Previous memorable roles include Billie Dawn in BORN YESTERDAY, Chelsea in ON GOLDEN POND, Maggie in THE SHADOWBOX, Josie Hogan in MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, Clairee in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Meg in CRIMES OF THE HEART, Maude in A COUPLE OF WHITE CHICKS SITTING AROUND TALKING, Mrs Reese in THE FARNDALE AVENUCE...series, and especially Lady MacBeth in "The Scottish Play". Pat would like to endlessly thank Ms. Rosella Blunk, her high school drama coach, for endlessly hollering "I don't believe you!" until it all became believable.
Keith Wick (Hank Hadley) - Previous LTW acting credits include DANCING AT LUGHNASA, SPIDER’S WEB, FUNNY MONEY, LOST IN YONKERS, A TUNA CHRISTMAS, WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER (2010 Arizona Daily Star MAC Award Winner -- Best Actor in a Comedy), THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, THREE VIEWINGS, RECKLESS, and DEATH AND THE MAIDEN. Keith has also appeared in several LTW Family Theatre productions. He is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Some of his favorite roles include Fluellen in HENRY V, Second Man in AND THEY DANCE REAL SLOW IN JACKSON, Clive Champion-Cheney in THE CIRCLE and Nathan Detroit in GUYS AND DOLLS. Keith is a recipient of an AriZoni award for his portrayal of Dromio of Syracuse in the Southwest Shakespeare Production of A COMEDY OF ERRORS.
Michael Woodson (Jack McCullough) - has previously appeared with Live Theatre Workshop in 17 productions over the past 7 years including last years productions of THE COCKTAIL HOUR as Bradley, MAURITIUS as Philip and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE as Freddie Filmore. His all time favorite shows from past years include THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, A THOUSAND CLOWNS, KILLER JOE, THE CLEAN HOUSE, and MOON OVER BUFFALO. Michael has also perfomed with Arizona Theatre Company, The Invisible Theatre, The Wilde Playhouse and Stray Theatre. A member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, he was seen in the television series ‘Legend and The Young Riders,’ as well as the television movie ‘Gunsmoke III,’ ‘To the Last Man,’ and ‘Geronimo.’ Commercial work includes Rawlings Radar Ball, The Arizona Lottery and Bulls Eye BBQ Sauce. In 2008, Michael received the LTW Ovation Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of George Hay in MOON OVER BUFFALO.