The Public Theater plans to premiere Norm Foster’s “Screwball Comedy” April 29-May 8 at the theater, 31 Maple St. in Lewiston, and a video-on-demand May 3-8.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. on April 29, 30, May 5, 6, and 7; 2 p.m. on May 1 and 8; and 3 p.m. on May 6.
Imagine “His Girl Friday” meets “The Carol Burnett Show” and you have “Screwball Comedy,” a hilarious, quick nod to Hollywood comedies of the 1930s and 40s performed at the Public Theater, Lewiston/Auburn’s professional theater, from April 29 to May 8. Filled with goofy characters and lively banter reminiscent of Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn movies, this delightful comedy will have you laughing from start to finish.
“We all need a good belly laugh right now,” director Christopher Schario said, according to a press release from the theater, “and Screwball Comedy is the perfect show to make that happen.”
It’s 1938 and idealist Mary Hayes is trying to break into the male-dominated world of newspaper journalism. Editor Bosco arranges a competition between his selfish star reporter Jeff Kincaid and Mary, tasking them with covering a high-society wedding. If Jeff writes the best story, he can keep his job. If Mary wins, she will replace the newshound ace. Heading to the Diddle Estate to capture the story, they encounter a hilarious cast of characters worthy of Carol Burnett’s finest episode.
Actress Heather Dilly stars the leading lady of high society Delores Diddle as well as Jonesy the secretary and Gloria the vixen. Heather has appeared in several Public Theater comedies, including Women in Jeopardy, Human Error, Love/Sick, and Ripcord, among others. Also, a familiar face to Maine audiences is Mike Anthony as star reporter Jeff Kincade. Mike has previously appeared at TPT in Ripcord and The Sunshine Boys and is also the author of Life At Hamilton, an Amazon #1 bestseller chronicling his time as a bartender for Hamilton on Broadway. Playing journalist rival Mary Hayes is Jessica DiGiovanni, last seen at TPT in Time Stands Still, and most recently in the hit Off-Broadway play Seared at Manhattan Class Company. The hilarious Danny Vaccaro will be new to TPT audiences in several roles, including Reginald the butler, Bosco the editor, Peter the lover and Chauncey the stupid son. Danny toured the country with the Tony Award-winning production of La Cage aux Folles and was the first Sr Robert Anne in Nunsense A-Men.
The lavish 1930s setting where all the shenanigans take place is designed by Kit Mayer, lighting by Matt Cost, fun period costumes by Debra Susi and sound by John Morrison.
The Public Theater will offer a video-on-demand option of “Screwball Comedy” which will be recorded in front of a live audience for you to watch from home starting May 3.
The Public Theater takes its decision to resume live performances very seriously. Everyone’s safety is our top priority, and we’ve upgraded our HVAC system with MERV filters for better air management throughout the theater that meets or exceeds all CDC circulation and filtration guidelines. air. For the protection of all, we require: proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of the performance and wearing a mask is mandatory in the building.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for those under 18.
For tickets, call 782-3200 or visit thepublictheatre.org.