by Michael Parker and Susan Parker
May 24, 25, 30, 31, June 1 at 7:30 PM
May 26 and June 2 at 2:00 PM
The Playhouse at McConnellstown Opens its 2019 Season with “Love, Lies, and the Doctor’s Dilemma”
A white lie is a simple mistruth told to save face, but what happens when one little white lie leads to further deceit? Find out when “Love, Lies, and the Doctor’s Dilemma” opens at The Playhouse at McConnellstown on May 24th.
Written by Michael Parker and Susan Parker, this farce is sure to leave you in stitches. Joan Scheller lives with the love of her life, Sandy. To hide their relationship from her overbearing sister-in-law, the former movie star Olivia St. Claire, Joan introduces Sandy as her psychiatrist.
One small deception leads to another. Before long, Vinny the Enforcer, a quintessential Italian mobster, masquerades as her security guard while her son Chris is forced to wear a dress and become her daughter Christina. Further complications occur as Joan’s neighbor Rachael, whose life appears to be a series of catastrophes, creates chaos and confusion wherever she goes.
“The Doctor” is in, and everyone wants a session. Olivia wants to discuss her love life, Rachael wants to know why she’s such a disaster, and Vinny wants to discuss his work as an “Enforcer.” Sandy is forced to listen and give misguided advice, which, to everyone’s surprise, seems to work.
But what about love? Of course, there’s Joan and Sandy if they can survive Joan’s white lies; then there’s Rachael, who is strongly attracted to Chris if he can survive her mayhem. Finally, there’s Olivia, who hires Vinny away from the mob to be her personal security guard (perhaps with benefits?).
The free-spirited and resourceful Joan Scheller is played by Barb Hughes. Bradley Renninger plays Sandy, the love of Joan’s life. The overbearing Olivia St. Claire is played by Shelby Metz, and George Baumer is Vinny the Enforcer. Liv Mitchell is Joan’s neighbor Rachel, and Will Renninger plays Joan’s son Chris. This is Mitchell’s first show with The Playhouse at McConnellstown.
“I am loving my experience at The Playhouse,” she said. “It’s so awesome to get back into theatre knowing I’m in good hands. This play is truly a hilarious show for all. We laugh at every rehearsal because it’s such a fun show.”
Hunter McVey and Dan Weston direct this production. Lighting is designed by Keith Sutton with costumes by Jeanne Nagurny. Set design is by Don Dietz, and sound design by Rick Brown. The copper sculpture work is designed by Michael Dietz.
“Sometimes the world needs a little silliness, a lot of laughs, an escape into the hilarious machinations of mistaken identities, and a good bit of running around,” commented Weston. “‘Love, Lies, and the Doctors Dilemma’” may not owe much to [George Bernard] Shaw’s drama that the latter part of the play’s name pays homage — but it will make you laugh.”
“Love, Lies, and the Doctor’s Dilemma” will continue on May 24th, 25th, 30th, and 31st and June 1st at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee showings are May 26th and June 2nd at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for regular admission and $13 for seniors (age 60 and older) and students (age 6 and older). For reservations call 814-627.0311.