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February 26, 2015    Bookmark and Share

The Gaslight Theater to Present Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig

Don't you love farce?

Leading Ladies is a slam-bang comedy that involves missing family, questionable clerics, young love and Shakespeare.

Two down-on-their-luck English Shakespearean actors, Leo Clark (Mike Clements) and Jack Gable (Jonathan Williams) are reduced to touring the back roads of 1950’s Pennsylvania to make ends meet. The pair discovers through a newspaper that Florence (Lucy Poland), an older ailing woman in nearby York, Pennsylvania, has been unable to find her sister’s children, Max and Steve, who moved away to England as children.

Florence is at death’s door and wants to include them in her multi-million dollar estate. Her daughter, Meg (Wendi Richards), is in favor of that but her fiancé, Duncan, the local minister (Robert Collins) is not.

Clark and Gable decide to make a play for the money and pose as Max and Steve to claim portions of it. When they discover that “Max” and “Steve” are actually “Maxine” and “Stephanie,” they continue on, undaunted, in drag and Meg's fiancé becomes suspicious. Meanwhile, Leo is falling for Meg, and Jack for Florence's aide, Audrey (Sara Johnson). The local Doctor (David Marshall) and his son Butch (Galen Hall ) become entangled in the plolt as well.

Leading Ladies is Produced by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The production is directed by Richard Bostwick, assisted by Deb Howard. The show goes up at Hallowell City Hall, 1 Winthrop Street, Hallowell, ME on March 13th and 14th, 7:30 pm March 15th, 2:00 pm matinee and the next week: March 20th, 21st, 7:30 pm and March 22nd, 2:00 pm matinee.

Tickets are 12 dollars for Adults and 10 dollars for students and senior citizens (60 and up). Reservations can be made online or by calling 207-626-3698 and leaving a message.