Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Steve Blackwood in DING DONG

Christopher Howe, Julianne Somers, Steve Blackwood and Janet Caine DeLuca, pictured above. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester, MI.

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When Bernard discovers his wife, Jacqueline, is having an affair, with his friend Robert. Bernard hits upon a creative way to even the score; he invites Robert's wife to dinner...without telling his own wife. But will his maid play along? And just where does the call girl come in? You never know who'll walk through the door next in this hilarious farce.

"Our audiences had such a great time last year with "Boeing-Boeing." We wanted to do something just as fun for them this year," said Travis Walter, MBT artistic director. "When we were given the opportunity to be the first theatre in North America to do another show by the same playwright, we jumped at the chance!"

Written by Marc Camoletti and translated by Tudor Gates, "Ding Dong" runs March 16 through April 10, 2011, at Meadow Brook Theatre, on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

"We're thrilled to welcome Christopher, Steve and Julianne back for another run at Camoletti," Walter says, speaking of the actors that wowed audiences in "Boeing-Boeing" last year. The cast of "Ding Dong" includes Christopher Howe, Julianne Somers, Ruth Crawford, Steve Blackwood, Janet Caine and MBT newcomer MaryJo Cuppone.

Directed by Travis W. Walter, Terry W. Carpenter is the stage manager, with set design by Brian Kessler, costumes by Liz Moore, Lights by Reid G. Johnson, sound by Mike Duncan and dialect coaching by Karen Sheridan.

Tickets range from $24 to $39 and are available by calling the Meadow Brook Theatre box office at 248-377-3300 or going online at Student discounts are available at the box office. Groups of eight or more should call 248-370-3316 for group pricing. The schedule includes an American Sign Language interpreted performance on Wednesday, March 30 at 8 p.m.

This production of "Ding Dong" is made possible through the continued support of the Meadow Brook Theatre Guild, the Observer and Eccentric Newspapers, and AT&T Yellow Pages.

Meadow Brook Theatre is located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. For addition information, please visit Meadow Brook Theatre is a nonprofit, cultural institution serving southeast Michigan for over 40 years.

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