Mountain Playhouse In the News

New Mountain Playhouse comedy crackles

BY BRUCE SIWY
DAILY AMERICAN

August 10, 2013

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JENNERSTOWN — Double-agents, double-entendres and doubled-over laughter are what to expect at the Mountain Playhouse production of "Sin, Sex and the CIA."

This absurdly funny romp takes audience members inside a cozy CIA safehouse in the mountains of Virginia. Here, they meet a zany crew of femme fatales, holy rollers and bumbling heroes.

The premise is this: American powerbrokers want an inside deal with the Chagos Islands, where enormous oil reserve have been discovered. OPEC, meanwhile, wants to sabotage the talks and bring the Chagos into its cartel. These competing interests converge on the safehouse — which is anything but, thanks to the incompetent booby-trapping of CIA operative Luke James (Martin Landry).

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New farce pledges intrigue, mayhem

BY CYNTHIA BOMBACK HELZEL
TRIB LIVE

August 2, 2013

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Sin, Sex & the CIAA secret meeting between a male CIA agent, a female secretary of state and the mysterious representative of an oil-rich island nation escalates into a libidinous farce in "Sin, Sex and the CIA," a new play being performed over the next two weeks at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown.


The meeting takes place in a remote cabin in Virginia and soon expands to include a cast of characters ranging from the cabin's caretaker, who refers to the CIA as the "Complete Idiots Academy," to a clueless evangelist who comes to the cabin seeking help after his car breaks down. To further complicate matters, a major rainstorm strands everyone inside.

 

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Review: 'Squabbles' has us love the unlikeable

BY BRUCE SIWY
DAILY AMERICAN

July 27, 2013

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Imagine living with an in-law — in fact, one from both sides of the marriage.

It wouldn't be funny if it was reality. But in "Squabbles," it makes for plenty of laughs at the expense of a curmudgeonly loner and a shrewish widow. This production opened Wednesday at the Mountain Playhouse under the direction of Guy Stroman.

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Bumbling CIA agent leads cast of farce

BY RUTH RICE
THE TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT
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July 30, 2013

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The newest production at a local theater will combine comic bits of three classic plays into one suite story.

Neil Simon's "Comic Suites" will premiere July 8-21 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Show times will be 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Playhouse producer Teresa Stoughton Marafino has selected funny scenes from three of Simon's plays – "Plaza Suite," "California Suite" and "London Suite" – and combined them for a whole new production.

She got the idea from thinking about how the three plays had both funny and serious themes.

"I wanted to laugh, so I thought, what if I took out the serious scenes?" Marafino said. "From idea to approval took about six months. I had to go to Samuel French for the rights, then Simon's agent."

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'Squabbles' reveals love, pain underneath

BY CYNTHIA BOMBACK HELZEL
TRIB LIVE

July 19, 2013

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SquabblesIt's a family dilemma worthy of Dear Abby: A young couple with a three-bedroom home is preparing for the arrival of their first child when the wife's father and the husband's mother both move in and begin to bicker over who should stay. Someone has to go, and it won't be the baby!


The tale of intergenerational living forms the plot of "Squabbles," a play opening July 23 at Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown.


The comedy — and the squabbles — take place in the home of happily married couple Jerry and Alice Sloan. Alice's argumentative father, Abe Dreyfus, is living with the Sloans when the couple finds out they are expecting a baby. To further complicate matters, Jerry's mother, Mildred, is forced to move in because her house burned down. When Abe and Mildred begin to bicker, the Sloans' domestic bliss is turned on its head with comic results.

 

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