People who enjoy attending theatrical performances featuring fast-paced comedy that elicits lots of laughs will want to see upcoming performances at Theater On the Ridge in Paradise.
“Doublewide, Texas”, a comedy by James Wootren, Jesse Jones and Nicholas Hope, is a thunderous adventure in the Texas wilderness. The TOTR production is directed by Judy Clemens with an experienced cast, set design by Amber Miller, costume design by Nan Miner and lighting design by Bary Kupp.
Residents of one of Texas’ smallest trailer parks, with its four doublewides and a shed, are worried about their homes. They have just learned that the neighboring town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them.
It’s not like they haven’t had enough trouble already. Joveeta Crumpler (Sarah Brown) struggles with her own disappointments at being passed over again for professional promotion.
She also has an ongoing problem keeping her feisty mother, Caprice (Theresa Hurley-Brown) out of the local bar. She worries that her sympathetic brother, Baby Crumpler (Denver Nash), is taking his participation in a womanless beauty pageant too seriously.
Her big-hearted best friend, Georgia Dean Rudd (Lessa Palmer), struggles to keep her restaurant and finances afloat. But she collects all the stray cats, possums and armadillos that walk around. Even a young girl, Larken Barken (Alisa Tousey), is part of her group.
Then there’s Big Ethel Satterwhite (Natalie Valencia) who is no one’s fool. She is tough because she continually frustrates her customers at the Stairway to Heaven Retirement Village. She also causes trouble for her difficult husband, OC, who shows more affection for his club chair than he does for tall Ethel.
Soft-spoken city manager Lomax Tanner (Justin McDavitt) and the mayor’s wife (Starla Pudney) add to the confusion and make it a recipe for disaster.
All of the residents are troubled by Hayward Sloggett (Bruce Dillman), a mean man who lives across the road and hates their “garbage trailer” ways.
Friends, foes and neighbors realize they must work together to stop the annexation of their way of life.
Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from April 7 to 23 with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. Sunday matinees are April 10, 17, 24 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $14 general and $18 reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased online http://www.totr.org.
Tickets at the door only on Thrifty Thursdays at $12 and Sunday Matinees at $12.