Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: New Play ‘Waiting for Mr. Howard’ in the Works in Green Bay

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Photo caption: From left, the cast for Green Bay Community Theater’s production of “Waiting for Mr. Howard”: Steven Lloyd Troudt, Sydney Ogilvie, Dave Wilson, Jodi Phillips Angeli, Bill Jones and author Kathy Campshure. (Green Bay Community Theater photo)

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Green Bay Community Theater will present “Waiting for Mr. Howard,” a new play by area playwright Kathy Campshure starting next week.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 9; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, 15, 16; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17; and 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Info: gbcommunitytheater.com.

According to a newsletter: The play is billed as a dark and light comedy.

Snapshot: A gentleman sits in the hospital lounge near the nurses’ station, waiting. “For what?” he is asked by the two nurses. He tells the nurses he is Satan and is waiting for Mr. Howard. When told Mr. Howard is too ill to be released, Satan (“call me Ross”) says he is waiting for Mr. Howard to die so he can collect his soul, contending that Mr. Howard was a very bad person.

The nurses are upset and skeptical and ask Satan to leave. He refuses.

The nurses consider an exorcism and summon the hospital chaplain.

Enter an elderly cleaning lady who is physically attracted to the handsome visitor. She whips up a batch of her “floor polish” and tosses back enough to make it interesting.

From this point, chaos reigns… with food for thought woven in.

Kathy Campshure regularly turns out plays produced by The Machickanee Players of Oconto. Green Bay Community Theater previously presented Camphsure’s comedy “Thanksgiving on Serendipity Lane.” Campshure also is performing in “Waiting for Mr. Howard,” playing the role of Meg, the cleaning lady.

Also in the cast are Dave Wilson as Rob/Ross, Jodi Phillips Angeli as Mabel, Sydney Ogilvie as Julie, Steven Lloyd Troudt as Father Clarence and Bill Jones as Father Gustoff.

Directing is Craig Berken, a veteran director and actor on greater Green Bay stages.

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.

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