In the British comedy Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn, Norman has captured the eye of his wife’s sister, but the best-laid plans prove impossible to achieve. While other family members and spouses help take care of mother and the house for the weekend, the six characters’ multiple seductions never take place, despite their daring and imaginative attempts. The show runs Nov. 5-21, 2010.
In conjunction with the Maryland Community Theatre Festival Association, The Newtowne Players host the annual weekend festival of one-act plays, Jan. 14-16, 2011, showcasing community theater groups from around the state. Part of the American Association of Community Theatre’s national competition, this weekend brings many of the most talented and creative community theater performers, writers, directors and technicians together to showcase their work.
In John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: A Parable, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper behavior. The show runs Jan. 28 to Feb. 13, 2011.
In The Newtowne Players’ second annual student production, join a crazy crew at the Home Sweet Home Boardinghouse, where life is anything but normal. Miss Harriet runs a clean, cozy home with the help of the none-too-bright and perpetually terrified Tweenie and accompanied by as zany a cast of boarders as you are likely to meet. The Boardinghouse by Vern Harden runs March 3-13, 2011.
Throw together two suspicious couples, a jealous husband, mistaken identities, a well-meaning nephew with a speech impediment, a drunken bellboy, a revolving bed and a fake love letter, and you have the perfect setting for hijinks and confusion in Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear. This adult comedy, which runs April 29 to May 15, will keep you wondering how things will be straightened out, as they miraculously seem to keep getting worse!
The annual Footlight Festival, June 2-12, 2011, celebrates the talents of local playwrights as well as established one-act plays.
Enjoy a day in the life of Charlie Brown and his friends in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, running July 29 to Aug. 14, 2011. Based on the cartoon strip by Charles Schultz, this bright and family-friendly musical brings the Peanuts gang to life on stage. Winner of two Drama Desk-Vernon Rice Awards and The Outer Critics Circle Award for Production.
All performances are held at Three Notch Theatre on 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park. Reservations are recommended. Please make reservations for any show by calling 301.737.5447 or visiting www.newtowneplayers.org.