September 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 2002
THE ODD COUPLE
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
A CHRISTMAS TWIST
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
WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE
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
EARLY ONE EVENING AT THE RAINBOW BAR & GRILL
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
OUR THIRD ANNUAL SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL
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.