EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSARTS Presents "The Man Who Came To Dinner"
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Videographer: Kenneth Barnette
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Aug. 16, 2013 12:20 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 16, 2013 12:44 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
A famous 1930s radio personality visits an Ohio home while on a lecture tour, slips on a patch of ice and is forced to stay and recuperate for weeks.
In the process, he reigns terror down on all around him. Arts Resources For The Tri-State presents the period comedy, "The Man Who Came To Dinner."
"It's a Kaufman and Hart comedy," Gene Anthony, the director said. "Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman were two very famous comic theatre writers in the mid-20th century and their material still holds up. This is a very funny play and it still plays very well."
Radio star Sheridan Whiteside is the focus of the play. His personality dominates the action, as his obnoxious and arrogant behavior turns the quiet household upside down. Whiteside is one of theatre's classic characters and the man tackling the role says he's happy to have the chance to bring him to life.
"Unfortunately a lot of people said, this is the perfect role for you Mike," Mike Murdock, who portrays Whiteside said. "But it's one of the greatest roles in American theatre. It's just, I'm on stage nearly the entire show. Boy, it's a lot of lines to learn. But it's very, very funny."
The story, which is set three quarters of a century ago, offers a snapshot of a very different era. The actors say its a chance to travel back and recreate a simpler time where people were more civil to one another. Well, most people.
"It's fun to kind of do research and look at old pictures or movies," Amy Knell Carlson who portrays Maggie said. "In this case we've got a movie and old plays where we can look at photographs and kind of try to replicate but put your own spin on it. I think it's fun as an actress because it also helps you become someone else."
Arts Resources For the Tri-State presents "The Man Who Came Do Dinner," directed by Gene Anthony.
August 16, 17, 23 and 24 at the ARTS Renaissance Theater.
900 8th Street, Huntington, West Virginia
Tickets are $10 for the show, $25 for dinner and the show.
Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Renaissance Ballroom.
The show begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Renaissance Theater.
For reservations calls 304-733-2787
Mrs. Stanley-Karen Kelly Pruitt
Nurse Preen-Nora Joseph Ankrom
Richard Stanley-Tristan Reynolds
June Stanley-Alicia Tish Maynard
Mrs. Dexter-Tiffany Caldwell Trent
Mrs. McCutcheon-Sheila Meade
Mr. Stanley-Todd L Green
Maggie-Amy Knell Carlson
Dr. Bradley-Chuck Minsker
Sheridan Whiteside-Mike Murdock
Harriett Stanley-Linda Reynolds
Bert Jefferson-Jonathan Maynard
Prof. Metz-Eric Wilson
Loraine Sheldon-Joanna Berner
Beverly Carlton-Clay McKnight
Convict 1, Baker, Radio Man 1(Westcott)-John Armstrong
Convict 2, Deputy 1, Radio Man 2-Jake Sharp
Convict 3, Man (p. 73), Radio Man-Luke Hagley
Sandy, Expressman-Erik Woods
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