What could make a troubled couple's relationship even more complicated? Try a disappearing body. Improbable? Not in Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore's "Wrong Window," running Aug. 1-23 at the Orinda Village Starlight Players.
Marnie and Jeff, the on-again, off-again couple, happen to spy their neighbor do away with his wife ... or do they? The body mysteriously disappears, and lots of door slamming and flashlight chases ensue as Van Zandt and Milmore pay tribute to Alfred Hitchcock's mysteries in this hilarious spoof.
Directed by Jill Gelster and Mya Ewing, the cast includes Betsy White, Susan Chapple, Bill Chessman, Margaret Gorrell, Al Guarnaglia, Ken Sollazzo and Ryan Terry.
Shows take place at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, at the Orinda Community Center Park Amphitheatre, 28 Orinda Way, in Orinda. There is also a Sunday matinee at 4 p.m. Aug. 17, and a Thursday performance at 8 p.m. Aug. 21. Call 925-528-9225 or go to www.orsvp.org.
Gilbert and Sullivan fans won't want to miss the Lamplighters production of "Pirates of Penzance." Recognized as one of the pre-eminent Gilbert and Sullivan companies in the world, Lamplighters performs the tenderhearted tale of pirates, bumbling British Bobbies and beautiful maidens at 8 p.m. Aug. 1, 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 2, and 2 p.m. Aug. 3, all at the Lesher Center for the Arts.
Founded in 1952, Lamplighters has produced the entire Gilbert and Sullivan canon as well as other light opera and musical theater classics.
The San Francisco-based company has also won numerous awards, including Best Production and Best Overseas Society at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England and an Emmy for its telecast of "Trial by Jury."
For tickets to "Pirates," call 925-943-SHOW (925-943-7469) or go to www.lesherartscenter.org.
Well-known local actor/director Tim Beagley has put together a dynamite cast for the Altarena Playhouse's production of "Boeing Boeing," running Aug. 15-Sept. 14.
The crazy farce tells of Bernard, who lives in Paris and has three fiancees, each one a beautiful airline hostess. He manages to keep the girls from knowing about each other because of their very different flight schedules and his extremely competent housekeeper, who constantly changes photos and personal items as each new fiancee flies in.
A new faster airplane throws all the schedules into chaos and lands all three women in Paris at the same time, leading to one of the funniest door-slamming comedies of all times.
Pleasant Hill's Matt Davis plays Bernard, with the comedic wonder Sue Trigg as his overworked housekeeper and Charles Woodson Parker as his bewildered best friend. Portraying the flying-high beauties are Pleasanton's Rhonda Taylor, Laura Morgan and Jayme Catalano.
"These are wonderful characters, and I was fortunate to have many talented performers to choose from at the auditions," Beagley said. "Our cast has no problem handling the split-second comedy required. Rehearsals are pure fun."
For tickets, call 510-523-1553 or go to www.altarena.org.
The incredible true story of Frank Abagnale comes to life at Woodminster Amphitheatre as it presents Terrence McNally's "Catch Me If You Can" from Aug. 8-17.
You may remember the DreamWorks film starring Leonardo DiCaprio that brought Abagnale's feats to the general public's attention. Now, Woodminster presents the splashy musical version at the beautiful amphitheater in the Oakland Hills, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road.
Joel Schlader directs the story of the teenager who runs away from home in search of a glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Abagnale successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer -- living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Abagnale's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, it all begins to unravel.
For tickets, call 510-531-9597 or go to www.woodminster.com.
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