The Man Who Came to Dinner

3/17/2016 - 4/3/2016
12:00 AM
11:59 PM
Mainstage
"The Man Who Came to Dinner" — March 17 to April 3, 2016

Running March 17 to April 3, 2016

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays — March 17 and 24 and 31 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — March 18 and 25 and April 1 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays — March 19 and 26 and April 2 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sundays — March 20 and April 3 — at 2:30 p.m.
  • AND Wednesday, March 30 at 10 a.m.

No performance on Easter Sunday, March 26.

"The Man Who Came to Dinner" — March 17 to April 3, 2016

A comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Jim Fippin

They say that fish and houseguests stink after three days. That old saying is proven true indeed in this delightful comedy from the late 1930s!

Upon arriving to dine at the Ohio home of a rich factory owner, a famously grumpy New York radio host slips on ice and breaks his hip — forcing him to stay at the house for weeks! In no time at all, the hapless houseguest proceeds to drive his hosts mad by monopolizing their house, terrorizing their staff, running up large phone bills and inviting strange guests!

The “man” of the play’s title refers to the character Sheridan Whiteside, the sharp-tongued sophisticate who holds court at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Stanley. The highly successful playwriting duo Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman created Whiteside in honor of their real-life friend, Alexander Woollcott, the formidable writer and critic. Very much like his theatrical counterpart Whiteside, the imperious Woollcott suffered no fool gladly. A longtime writer for The New Yorker and host of the popular CBS radio show The Town Crier in the mid 1930s, Woollcott was renowned for his poison pen and acidic prose. According to New York University professor Laurence Maslon, Woollcott was the ultimate “taste-tester and taste-maker” who “wielded an opinion and rapier-like wit that few could match.”

Packed with dozens of references to the celebrities, politicians, plays and books that would be well known to the audience of its day, The Man Who Came to Dinner remains a perfect “Who’s Who” of late-1930s popular culture and newsmakers. If you find yourself scratching your head to catch all of the famous names and titles mentioned throughout the play, connect online to George S. Kaufmann's website. Just click on the “archive” section to read a completely fascinating glossary of the play’s numerous citations.

The Man Who Came to Dinner premiered at the Music Box Theatre in New York City on Oct. 16, 1939, and played for 739 performances before closing on July 12, 1941. A film adaptation followed in 1942 and featured two of its best-known original Broadway cast members (Monty Wooley as the overbearing Whiteside and Mary Wickes as his long-suffering nurse Miss Preen). Broadway has seen two additional revivals of the show (in 1980 and in 2000), and the show also inspired a musical version, Sherry!, which played for 72 performances on Broadway in 1967.

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets range between $10 and $22

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $16 on Thursday, March 17 only.
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$8 for college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances after March 17
$22 for adults (ages 18 and older)
$20 for seniors (ages 65 and older) on Thursdays and Sundays only
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$11 for college students (with current I.D.)

Group Discounts
$18 per ticket for groups of 12 to 99
$16 per ticket for group of 100 or larger

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online!

(NOTE: Group orders are not available online. Instead, please contact the Box Office directly.)

THE CAST

ROSE GABRIELE
Mrs. Ernest Stanley

BARBARA TROTTER
Miss Preen

DANIEL WALKER
Richard Stanley

VICTORIA BENYO
June Stanley

BARRY FRIEDMAN
John

NICHOLE M. STRONG
Sarah

LAURA NIEHAUS
Mrs. Dexter

VICTORIA MATHEWS
Mrs. McCutcheon

ALEX J. NINE
Mr. Stanley

KELSEY TOMLINSON
Maggie Cutler

SHANE STAHL
Dr. Bradley

TOM STEPHAN
Sheridan Whiteside

MEG HOPP
Harriet Stanley

SCOTT SHRINER
Bert Jefferson

GREG BEALER
Professor Metz

ADAM YOUNG
Luncheon Guest (Henderson)/Expressman

IRV KORMAN
Mr. Baker/Radio Technician

ADRIENNE JONES
Lorainne Sheldon

DANNY O'DONNELL
Sandy

PATRICK MICHAEL DUKEMAN
Beverly Carlton

SCOTT THANASIU
Michaelson/Westcott/Plainclothes Man

BENJAMIN FORTIN
Banjo

 

THE CREATIVE TEAM

JIM FIPPIN
Director

MACKENZIE SULLIVAN
Stage Manager

ASHLEY COLLINS
Assistant Stage Manager

MEG HOPP
Properties Co-Designer

JAY SIGLER
Properties Co-Designer

SUE STOUT-DAVIS
Lighting Designer

JONATHON HUNTER
Sound Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director/p>

 

Box Office Info

Mondays: CLOSED
Tuesdays—Fridays: 11 am to 5 pm
Performance Saturdays: Noon to 5 pm

The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the end of each performance.

Get tickets by phone at 330-836-2626
or purchase online.*

*A $3.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.
*A $2.00 per-ticket facility-and-handling fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*Group orders are not available online.

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