A Coward’s Guide To Humor

SEPT 2016

READER’S THEATER REPERTORY LAUNCHES ITS 16TH SEASON IN A COWARDLY WAY

September 9th and 10th bring a froth of wit and laughter to the stage at Readers Theatre Rep with A COWARD’S GUIDE TO HUMOR, including Hands Across the Sea by Noel Coward, directed by Mary McDonald-Lewis.

“This show is perfect farce,” says McDonald-Lewis. The Times called the play “technically, of the utmost brilliance; as an entertainment, in its own kind frothily faultless.” McDonald-Lewis says “We’ve has such a challenging 2016 so far, we thought we’d start our season with a laugh. Terence Rattigan called this play ‘the best short comedy ever written,’ and we think our audience will agree.

The play takes place in the gracious home of Commander and Lady Gilpin. Piggy, as she’s known, is about to receive guests from abroad amid the usual chaos of ladies and gents gallivanting through, an incessant telephone, witty bickering between friends and lovers and wildly mistaken identities. It’s a British martini: very dry humor that leaves one wanting more.

Hands Across the Sea is one of several short plays in Tonight at 8:30, a collection of one act comedies by Coward. “We may have a few more surprises for the show, says the director. “Every one of these plays is a comedic gem.”

The cast includes David Mitchum Brown, Trish Egan, Shaye Eller, Curtis Hanson, Chrissy Kelly-Pettit, Kevin Murphy, Gary Powell, Chrisse Roccaro,Evan Tait

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Shaye Eller, Chrisse Roccaro, Curtis F Hanson, Trish Egan & Evan Tait

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David Mitchum-Brown & Gary Powell

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Curtis F Hanson & Trish Egan

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Evan Tait, Kevin Murphy & Shaye Eller

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Chrissy Kelly-Pettit, Kevin Murphy, and Shaye Eller

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Kevin Murphy, Shaye Eller & David Mitchum-Brown

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David Mitchum Brown, Gary Powell, Chrissy Kelly-Pettit, Curtis F Hanson, Trish Egan, Evan Tait, Shaye Eller, Chrisse Roccaro and Kevin Murphy.

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