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January 28, 2011


Key for Two Cast Rehearses Absurdity and Calamity

Gaslight Theater is in rehearsal for the first production of the 2011 season, Key for Two, opening February 25. Written by John Chapman and Dave Freeman, Key for Two is guaranteed to relieve cabin fever in the best tradition of British farce. Director Richard Bostwick has assembled a cast of Gaslight regulars and newcomers to bring this piece of hilarity to the City Hall stage

Harriet (Michelle Sweet) is being "kept" in an elegant flat by advertising executive Gordon (Frank Omar). Through ingenious scheduling, she is also being "kept" in the same flat (on different days) by fishing mogul Alec (William "Bill" Haley).

Her best friend Anne (Juli Brooks) newly split from her husband, arrives unexpectedly for a visit just as harriet's two worlds collide. First, one lover sprains his ankle and can't leave. Then the other arrives, closely followed by Anne's estranged husband Richard (Randolph "Randy" Jones).

The swell of absurdity rises to new heights with the calamitous arrival of Gordon's wife Magda (Lynette Miller) and Alec's wife Mildred (Karen LaPlante).

Michelle Sweet (Harriet) has performed on many stages in the area, including Lakewood Theater, Waterville Opera House, and several dinner theaters. She returns to Gaslight Theater after performing in 2010’s Evening of One Acts as Marieanna in A Grave Encounter.

Frank Omar (Gordon) is a regular Gaslight performer, most recently having appeared as Old Salty in It's In My Blood, Devery in Born Yesterday, Jeffery Moss in Bells Are Ringing, and Brian in The Accomplice. This past fall he performed with the Theater at Monmouth in Comedy of Errors and The Pirates of Penzance

William “Bill” Haley (Alec) was last seen at Gaslight as Dr. Kitchell in Bells Are Ringing. The former Augusta Player also directed How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for Gaslight. Most recently he directed Doubt at ACAT where he also played Rupert Murdoch in Rope just after playing an Indian immigrant - Juror #11 in Twelve Angry Men. Gaslight recently produced a live reading with music of Bill’s and Marcia Gallagher’s new Maine musical It’s In My Blood.

Juli Brooks (Anne) joins Gaslight for the first time. Most recently, she played Abby in ACAT’s production of The Long Weekend. Originally from southern Maine, she’s worked with Portland Players, Maine Play Productions, and Portland Stage. She has appeared on film in Paper Hearts, A Drop in Time, and the upcoming independent feature, The Eighteenth Hour.

Randolph M. (Randy) Jones (Richard) has been performing most of his life, including the UCLA marching band, singing groups in California, Michigan, and Maine, and several productions at the Waterville Opera House, including the 2009 performance of Cabaret in the role of Herr Schultz. Randy will also be appearing as Benjamin Bell in The Eighteenth Hour, an independent film scheduled to be released in July.

Lynette Miller (Magda) is back on the Gaslight stage for the first time since Private Lives two years ago. A long-time actor, director and board member here, she has also performed at Lakewood, CLT, Theater at Monmouth and the Carousel in Boothbay Harbor.

Karen LaPlante (Mildred) was Emilie Ducotel in Gaslight"s production of My Three Angels which closed last season. She has also been seen at Gaslight as Ella Peterson in Bells are Ringing and Lady Phyllis Beekman in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She portrayed Mrs. Muller in Doubt at ACAT Theater in Waterville and Sister Robert Anne in Nunsensations-A Vegas Review at the Waterville Opera House.

Key for Two will open Friday, February 25 at Hallowell City Hall. The full slate of performance dates is:

  • February 25th and 26th, 7:30 pm
  • February 27th, 2:00 pm matinee
  • March 3rd, 4th and 5th, 7:30 pm