Monday, March 16, 2009

Comedy Double Bill at SCPA

Two comedies, PLAY ON! and THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts March 26-28 and April 2-4, 2009

A double bill of hilarious comedies takes over the Florence Johnson Grand Theatre at the San Diego School of Creative Arts (SCPA) as the next mainstage productions in the 2008-2009 Performance Season. Each show represents what audiences love about the theatre when it can spoof itself and other genres at the same time. Play On! runs March 26 and 27 at 7 pm, and on March 28 at 2 pm, immediately followed by The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 on April 2 and 3 at 7 pm and on April 4 at 2 pm.

Written by Rick Abbott, Play on! is a hilarious story of a community theater group trying desperately to put on a play, in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script up to the day of the performance. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show. Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal and the actual performance in which anything that can go wrong does.

What do you get when you cross an Agatha Christie murder-mystery, a Neil Simon comedy, a le Carre spy novel and a Broadway musical flop? The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, of course! When it opened in New York, The Village Voice said it was "nakedly silly and relentlessly convoluted…with twist piled on twist till you have to give way and start laughing at the silliness."

These two shows are the type where an entire family can relax and enjoy themselves together, forgetting the problems of the day. Play On! and The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 will be staged as mainstage productions with reserved seating as part of SCPA's season to inspire all! Tickets are available online now or call the box office at (619) 475-8556. Printing tickets online is possible as well. Tickets for both shows are $8-$10 for adults and $7-$9 for students, seniors and military.

The 2008-2009 SCPA Performance Season will continue with the Drama Showcase when SCPA students show their individuality in an array of musical numbers, monologues, and dramatic scenes in a show for the whole family. This will take place in the Ole Kittleson Little Theatre May 6-8, 2009. Remember to purchase your tickets early as the intimate general seating arrangement sells out faster.