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The Colonial Playhouse
2002 - 2003 Season old
Colonial Playhouse Is Air Conditioned For Your Comfort

June 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 2002


 written by James Kirkwood
directed By Bob Seifried
It's New Year's Eve. Your best friend just died, you've been robbed... twice, your girlfriend is leaving you, you've just lost your job... and the only one left to talk to is a burglar you've got tied up in the kitchen. What's a guy to do??

Two desperate characters form a rather unusual friendship in this upbeat tale about a struggling actor in the midst of a run of bad luck, and the unfortunate burglar he discovers hiding in his apartment loft.

Kirkwood manages to combine the most marvelous light witty dialogue with the most harrowing of events absolutely fascinating." Nora Ephron

"A darkly hued comedy, raunchily funny wonderful show biz dialogue that crackles." LA Free Press


July 11, 12, 13
Evenings @ 8:00 PM
Tickets $8.00
Festival Pass To Attend Both Weekends $12.50
For Reservations Call The Box Office
(610) 622-5773
by Shelli Pentimall
directed by Lydia Morris

by Toby Mulford
directed by Joe Quirk

"If Only"
by Mark Cofta
directed by Chuck Summerfield

"Litmus Test"
by Craig Clark
directed by Michele Nevin

"Our Janey"
by Nancy Weiner
directed by Dave Ebersol

"The Other Cheek"
by Mike Phelan
directed by Steve Kelly

"Warning! Spoilers Ahead!"
by Matt Casarino
directed by Alice Furey


July 18, 19, 20
Evenings @ 8:00 PM
Tickets $8.00
Festival Pass To Attend Both Weekends $12.50
For Reservations Call The Box Office
(610) 622-5773
Your Plays Or Mine?
3 One Acts staged each night
written by by Bill Wine
(Fox Philadelphia And KYW Radio
Performing Arts Critic)
directed by Ron Hill
assisted by Deana Travetti-Perkins

September 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 2002 


written by Neil Simon
directed by Alan Gordon
Every time we've ever asked our audiences what plays they'd most like to see on our stage, this title inevitably comes up, time and again.
And now, for the first time in 23 years, we are delighted to bring you -- once again -- the original ODD COUPLE!
Neil Simon's famous comedy about the antics of roomates Felix and Oscar and their wild menagerie of pals has been called one of the great plays of all time.
Join us as we revive this brilliant, timeless classic... guaranteed to leave you laughing all the way home!
"There is scarcely a moment that is not hilarious." - New York Times
"A socko comedy success.... Wildly, irresistibly, incredibly and continuously funny." - New York Daily News


October 25, 26, 27, November 1, 2, 3, 2002
written by Rick Johnston
directed by Dick Croft
Successfully produced in both London and New York this outrageously funny comedy mixed with murder makes its Delaware County premiere right here at Colonial. CAHOOTS brings the problem of big city crime home with a farcical vengeance when two "yuppie" couples, obsessed with the dangers of urban living, are hardly prepared for the "crime wave" which they bring upon themselves -- far away from the feared denizens of the mean streets outside their triple locked apartments

Filled with witty dialogue and hilarious one-liners, this new classic manages to maintain a bizarre un-reality while proving that things usually do get worse before they get better -- and that the well-documented dangers of street crime often pale beside the mayhem that can ensue when four "good friends" get together for a quiet dinner.


December 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2002


written by Doug Armstrong, Keith Cooper, Maureen Morley & Tom Willmorth
directed by Deana Travetti-Perkins

Our first "Christmas" play in well over 20 years, this hilarious satire of Dickensian excesses about the holidays and poor people and the rich people who don't care about them is a guaranteed laugh a minute.

Bursting with sharp and biting humor that makes a desperately-needed mockery of phony and pretentious Christmas sentimentality, A CHRISTMAS TWIST jams plot elements from OLIVER TWIST and A CHRISTMAS CAROL into one hilariously unlikely story... All in all, its "perfect theatre for the holiday season." Windy City Times

Another Delaware County premiere only at Colonial Playhouse!


February 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 2003


wriiten by Neil Simon
directed by Marta Croft
So if THE ODD COUPLE wasn't enough, wait 'til you get a load of this one!

First produced at Colonial in 1988, this hit comedy tells the story of ex-vaudeville mates Al Lewis and Willie Clark. In spite of playing together for 43 years, they still have a natural antipathy for one another... in other words, they hate each other.

It's been 11 years since they last performed together, when along comes a big "History Of Comedy" TV special that will of course include Willie and Al.

In spite of everything, they get back together again, only to have all the old "dirty laundry" come back in abundance!

Another hit for Neil Simon in this shrewdly balanced and rather touching slice of the show-biz life." - New York Daily News


April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2003


written by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
directed by Ron Hill
One of Americas best known writers, Time Magazine describes Kurt Vonnegut as "...a zany but moral mad scientist at the controls of a literary time machine... He is George Orwell, Dr.Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer. Though Vonnegut often knocks a misplaced sense of values by showing the horrifying results, he's doing it with an irreverent chuckle."

Welcome to the Monkey House is a collection of Vonnegut's edgiest short stories; lovingly adapted to the stage. It's theatrical excitement comes from the brilliant words and dazzling display of original ideas.

You loved our groundbreaking presentation of Vonnegiut's Happy Birthday, Wanda June, and we know youll also love this thought provoking evening of short plays.


June 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 2003


written by Bruce Graham
directed by David Ament
We love him so much we're not gonna stop until we produce ALL his plays! Our good friend Bruce Graham is back once again, and we are honored to present this to you as only we can

An engaging "end-of-the-world" comedy, this brilliant variation on the saloon sit-com is a surefire classic.

Something has destroyed much of the U.S., and the working class patrons of this bar and grille are trying to decide just what to do. Enter a traveling salesman type who calls himself Joe. Turns out, "Joe" is not what he appears to be.

" written with a zest for laughter and an ironic wit." Philadelphia Inquirer


July 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2003



The Tradition Continues!

We will once again transform our main stage into a "Black Box Theater' to bring you our third annual Short Play Festival... "Colonial Quickies!" Join us for two more unconventional weekends of fast paced, very different, and very short plays... all written by local authors... and all about 10 minutes in length.

For more information call: (610) 622-5773