Thursday, April 19, 2012

Leading Ladies opens Friday at Reading Community Players

 Reading Community Players presents "Leading Ladies" April 20, 21, 27, 28 at 8 PM and April 22, 29 at 3 PM at the RCP Playhouse, 403 North 11th Street Reading, PA

“In theatre, a farce is a comedy which aims at entertaining the audience by means of unlikely, extravagant, and improbable situations, disguise and mistaken identity” ...Wikipedia

Ken Ludwig, a modern master of farce who employs each of the elements listed above, is well know for the farcical Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo. In Leading Ladies, Ludwig continues the mayhem central to the farce. But it's the play's similarities to the 1950s film "Some Like it Hot" (starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe) and the 1980s television show "Bosom Buddies" (Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari) that will provide the biggest laughs. Because, like those predecessors, "Leading Ladies" offers something audiences can't get enough of - burly men (or somewhat burly men as the case may be) disguised as women.

Stranded in the States performing Scenes from Shakespeare in Moose Halls and Elk Lodges, English actors Leo and Jack are yearning for their big break or the money to finance said big break. After a disastrous performance in a rural Pennsylvania community, a chance encounter with a local paper leads them to York, Pa and what the two men hope will be the answer to their prayers for fame, fortune and a stop in LA.

You see, they have read about a wealthy, ailing dowager’s desperate search for her long lost relatives…Steve and Max. Eureka! The relatives emigrated to England decades ago, so Leo and Jack will assume their identities and claim their substantial inheritance.

Naturally, there is one problem after another that thwarts fame, fortune and LA. Therein lie the elements that portend a farce and the hilarity that will have audiences in stitches!
The show is directed by Tara Sands who directed "Lend Me A Tenor" for Fleetwood Community Theatre last season.
A free shuttle provided by the theater will be available from the Citadel parking lot at 12th and Walnut streets. We suggest that drivers drop of passengers at the theater and then proceed to the lot at the Citadel.

Reservations may be made through Brown Paper Tickets, found at or by calling the theater at 610-375-9106.


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