Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Unnecessary Farce, a Play by Paul Slade Smith, Presented by The Drama Workshop

As actors and actresses anguished over their dilemmas, waves of laughter rang from the audience when Unnecessary Farce was presented by The Glenmore Playhouse on Sunday afternoon.  Tom, two of our grandsons, and I  saw the play.   Written by Paul Slade Smith, the play is a lot of the fun with the predicaments getting funnier and funnier as the play proceeds.  Ray Persing, our son, directed and produced the play.

The cast includes Glenn Schaich as Eric Sheridan, Ashley Boehm as Billie Dwyer, Meagan Blasch as Karen Brown, Joe Ward as Mayor Meekly, Chris Bishop as Agent Frank, Kevin Noll as Todd, and Mary Benken-Mccauley as Mary Meekly.

The "official" description as reported in the card sent out to subscribers describes the play this way.
      "Two cops.  Three crooks.  Eight doors. Go."  The antics are rated PG-13.

Part of the decor in the lobby are two mock flats.  A member of drama workshop said there are real
flats back stage that have similar comments written on them by the cast as the rehearsals progressed.

Below are a few of the comments in a larger format.  If you want to see the other comments click on the photos above to enlarge them.

Traditionally, the refreshments at Intermission are reflective of the play so there are such items as "Big Mac" aroons, Donuts (for the cops) and Oatmeal Scotchies.  Did I mention there is a Scot in the play?

The set is two economy motel rooms.

Some of the funniest scenes are created by the two doors not visible in the photo above, the two doors which turn the adjoining rooms into a suite. Below is a side angle so you can see one of the two doors.

 Opening weekend was close to being completely sold out.  There are six more performances but the tickets are going fast. Call the TDW ticket line at 513-598-8303 or order online at

You will be glad you did.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a fun play! AND your son is a Director!! Even more fun! :)