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February 2018

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PACK OF LIES

Feb. 24 to Mar. 24, 2018
Written by Hugh Whitemore

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Director: Sharyn Case
Run: Feb. 24 to Mar. 24, 2018 Fidays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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This Production Closed on March 24th, 2018

Synopsis

The Jacksons are a nice middle aged English couple. Their best friends are their Canadian neighbors, the Krogers. All is blissful in their world until a detective from Scotland Yard asks to use their house as an observation station to try and foil a Soviet espionage ring operating in the area. The Jacksons become more and more put out as Scotland Yard’s demands on them increase. Yet, they are really put to the test when the detective reveals that the…

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January 2018

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BLACK COFFEE

Jan. 13 to Feb. 10, 2018
Written by Agatha Christie

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Director: Mitchell Nunn
Run: Jan. 13 to Feb. 10, 2018 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Synopsis

In this seldom seen and intricately crafted mystery, Agatha Christie weaves scientific discoveries, international espionage, and unimaginable murder together to give the audience a night of unraveling the knots of danger and suspense.  Christie’s master sleuth, Hercule Poirot, teams up with Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp to solve the murder of accomplished physicist Sir Claud Amory, who has constructed a workable formula for one of the most deadly weapons known to man – the atomic bomb.  Not only must Poirot…

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December 20172017

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2017)

Dec. 9 to Dec. 23, 2017
Written by Charles Dickens, adapted by Chris Mertan

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Director: Christ Mertan
Run: Dec. 9 to Dec. 23, 2017 Selected Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Synopsis

Returning for its sixth incarnation at Long Beach Playhouse, this quick-paced, highly theatrical re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic tale will delight the entire family.  In 19th century England, the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future show Ebenezer Scrooge the poverty of his material wealth and the blessings that come with generosity. Can they convince him to change before it’s too late? Come spend time with the characters you’ve come to love – Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and of course…

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November 2017

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ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

Nov. 4 to Dec. 2, 2017
Written by Joseph Kesselring

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Director: Jeff Brown
Run: Nov. 4 to Dec. 2, 2017 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Synopsis

If you are a lonely, elderly gentleman, steer clear of the old Victorian rooming house that Abby and Martha Brewster run – it may be your last room on Earth!  When these two sweet old sisters feel the need to release a worthy roomer of his lonely suffering, just a sip of their homemade Elderberry wine will do the trick.  Added to their misguided mayhem, is their delusional charge who believes he’s Teddy Roosevelt, their lovesick nephew, and his disfigured…

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September 2017

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DRACULA

Sep. 23 to Oct. 21, 2017
Written by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, from Bram Stoker’s novel

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Director: James Rice
Run: Sep. 23 to Oct. 21, 2017 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Synopsis

Celebrate the Halloween season with the Long Beach Playhouse in the company of the most classic monster ever to roam through literature, film, and stage – Count Dracula! As Lucy Seward succumbs to a mysterious illness which is draining her life force, her father and his long-time associate, Dr. Van Helsing hunt the true cause of her malady – a vampire stalking London.  Be part of the chase as the undead terrify the countryside.  Will the virtuous triumph, or will…

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July 2017

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GUYS AND DOLLS

Jul. 1 to Aug. 12, 2017
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

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Director: Gregory Cohen, Musical Director: Stephen Olear, Choreographer: Kysa Cohen
Run: Jul. 1 to Aug. 12, 2017 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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This Production Closed on August 12th, 2017

Synopsis

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys And Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown. Guys And Dolls takes us from…

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May 2017

This sensational drama starred James Earl Jones as Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black man from the major leagues during his prime, Troy’s bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife and his son, who now wants his own chance to play ball. Revived in 2010 starring Denzel Washington in the lead role. CAST: Damon Rutledge (TROY MAXSON) Rayshawn Chism…

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April 2017

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TREASURE ISLAND

Apr. 8 to May. 6, 2017
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson, Phil Willmott

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Director: Dale Jones
Run: Apr. 8 to May. 6, 2017 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Synopsis

This is the first adaptation of Treasure Island with great parts both male and female performers. Inspired by real-life female adventurers, Phil Willmott has changed the gender of several of the central characters without compromising the spirit of Stevenson’s classic novel. First produced to great acclaim as part of London’s Free Theatre Festival on the South Bank in 2005, this swashbuckling stage adaptation brings out all the comedy and adventure of this ever-popular story. CAST LIST: A’driana Abbate (ISABELLA LOLITA…

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February 2017

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RUMORS

Feb. 25 to Mar. 25, 2017
Written by Neil Simon

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Director: James Rice
Run: Feb. 25 to Mar. 25, 2017 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Synopsis

At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins…

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January 2017

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A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED

Jan. 14 to Feb. 11, 2017
Written by Agatha Christie, Adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon

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Director: Gregory Cohen
Run: Jan. 14 to Feb. 11, 2017 Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

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This show closed on Feb. 11th, 2017

Synopsis

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic…

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