Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Familiar titles on tap in Manitowoc

The Masquers, Inc.

MANITOWOC, Wis. - The Masquers Inc. has set its 87th season as one of the oldest community theaters in Wisconsin.

All productions will be presented in three performances in West Auditorium of Capitol Civic Centre in downtown Manitowoc.

Because of the size of the theater – 1,100 seats – Masquers’ productions have shorter runs than community theaters with smaller houses.

An overview from the troupe, with information at themasquers.org.

+ “Wait Until Dark” by Frederick Knott, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10 and 11.

Produced on Broadway in 1966, this is the story of Susy Hendrix, a recently blinded housewife who unwittingly possesses a doll filled with illicit drugs. Harry Roat, a brutal and sophisticated criminal, coerces two small-time thugs into helping him con Susy into giving up the doll. A battle of wits ensues as Susy and the girl upstairs launch a counterplot against the thieves.

Susy discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion.

The original 1966 production was a hit, running 373 performances, and the play has had many successful professional revivals ever since. A popular movie adaptation in 1967 starred Audrey Hepburn.

+ “Heaven Can Wait” by Harry Segall, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 23 and 24.

In an extreme case of mistaken identity from beyond the grave, Joe Pendleton gets another chance at life to pursue his dream. This comedy has taken many forms on stage and screen.

As the play begins, Mr. Jordan checks in passengers to depart for the Hereafter. The process is interrupted by the arrival of Joe Pendleton, a promising young prizefighter, who refuses to admit he is dead and insists they look up his “record.” The search reveals that Joe is not scheduled to arrive for another 60 years. To correct the wrong, there is an attempt to return Joe to his body. Unfortunately, he has no body to return to, since Joe’s manager has already had him cremated.

Comedy, confusion and a little bit of romance ensue as Joe and Mr. Jordan search for a new body and a second chance at life.

The play inspired the movie “Here Comes Mr. Jordan” and an adaptation starring Warren Beatty.

+ “Legally Blonde – The Musical” by Lawrence O’Keffe, Nell Benjamin and Heather Hach, 7:30 p.m. May 10, 11 and 12.

Based on the 2001 film, the musical takes audiences to from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Elle Woods, a popular sorority girl who appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her to attend Harvard Law School.

Determined to win him back, Elle gains admission to Harvard and sets out to prove she is “serious.” Peers, professors and hefty law books are no match for Elle. With the help of her new friends, Paulette and Emmett, Elle sets out to win a career defining case – and looks great while doing it.

Contact me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air Critic at Large editions on WFRV-TV at 6:20 a.m. Sundays. My new books, “Three Miles Past Lost and in the Pickers” and “Nickolaus and Olive – a naïve opera (in words),” are available in Green Bay at Neville Public Museum, Bosse’s and The Reader’s Loft.


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