Mountain Playhouse In the News

Chicago woman wins Mountain Playhouse writing contest

The Tribune-Democrat

October 26, 2013

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JENNERSTOWN — Elizabeth Bagby of Chicago was named the 2013 winner of The Mountain Playhouse's International Comedy Playwriting Contest.

For her winning entry, the comedy/farce "Quartet and Fugue," Bagby earned $3,000 and the chance for the playhouse to conduct a live reading of the play before the end of 2014.

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Church ladies back at playhouse for 'A Second Helping'

BY TOM LAVIS
The Tribune-Democrat

September 25, 2013

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JENNERSTOWN — When people first met the church basement ladies at the Mountain Playhouse in 2011, change was in the air.

That first show was set in 1964 and introduced the very traditional Vivian, who ran the kitchen; Mavis, the sweet-natured farm wife; and Karin and her daughter Beverly, who were trying to bring new ideas into the kitchen, much to the disapproval of Vivian.

The women will be portrayed by Suzanne Ishee, Charis Leos, Ashley Puckett-Gonzales and Sara Sawyer, all of whom will reprise their 2011 roles.

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Format of 1950s-style radio play enhances 'Let's Murder Marsha'

BY CYNTHIA BOMBACH HELZEL
The Tribune Review

September 13, 2013

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An overheard conversation about a birthday surprise leads to a major overreaction in "Let's Murder Marsha," the latest farce being presented at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown.

When mystery-loving Marsha overhears her husband having a secret conversation with another woman, she concludes that her husband is planning to kill her. When a policeman and Marsha's mother arrive, Marsha's fears grow even more outlandish as she assumes they're part of her husband's murderous plot.

Marsha enlists the help of her maid and a neighbor to turn the tables on her husband and the "other woman," and a witty farce ensues.

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Review: ‘Marsha’ kills with laughter

BY BRUCE SIWY
DAILY AMERICAN

September 21, 2013

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JENNERSTOWN — Marsha Gilmore could have taken to romance novels or the funny pages.
Thankfully for us, she didn't.

"Let's Murder Marsha" is a giddy romp through the imagination-infused reality of its murder-mystery-fueled protagonist — or, perhaps more aptly described, antagonist. Written by Monk Ferris, the show debuted at the Mountain Playhouse on Wednesday under the direction of Chan Harris.

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Murder takes a funny turn: Play reminiscent of screwball comedies

BY RUTH RICE
The Tribune-Democrat

September 7, 2013

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JOHNSTOWN — A murder mystery fan loses her head in this fast-paced farce.

"Let's Murder Marsha" will have audiences laughing Sept. 17-29 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Written by Monk Ferris, this comedy is about a housewife so obsessed with murder mystery novels that she imagines those around her are plotting her murder. The play will be directed by Chan Harris.

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