Still two weekends to see Masquers’ performance
If you aren’t an actor or work behind the scenes of a theater production, you probably wonder at times what it is all about.
Masquers Theater in Soap Lake is uncovering the mystery for you with its production of “Play On!,” written by Rick Abbot and directed by Carol Boyce and assistant director Stacey Bresee.
This time, the Masquers actors are giving the audience a chance to experience the good, the bad, the ridiculous and preposterous of the theater world.
The performance centers around a production of a mock play called “Murder Most Foul.” The actors appear to be a most argumentative and unfocused group, which is not helped at all by the fact that demanding playwright Phyllis Montague, played by Joanne Bracht, continues to change the play every four days – all the way up until almost curtain time. “Murder Most Foul” director Gerry Dunbar, played by Connor Wentworth, is at the end of his rope.
Hang on to your seats for this wild ride through the world of theater. Strangely enough it seemed that everything wrong that happened could possibly happen in a real small theater production where egos are not in check. While the play takes it to the extreme, it is fathomable that last-minute changes, as well as continuous errors behind the scenes or among the actors, can happen at times. Be ready to experience what happens when props or sound effects don’t work or when actors forget their lines or, worse yet, comes to final rehearsal or opening night in no condition to work.
The best part of the production is how the audience is given a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into what goes into putting on a community performance. A plus is that every character is given at least one scene or a crucially played quip where the actor gets the chance to make the audience laugh, making for a well-balanced comedy. Masquers once again did an excellent job pulling it off with a successful end result.
“Play On!” opened last week. Shows continue this weekend and May 8-10. All Friday and Saturday showings start at 7:30. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Masquers Theater is at 322 Main Ave. E. in Soap Lake.
Tickets are available at the door or by going to www.masquers.com. Note that online ticketing closes four hours before a performance. Tickets are $13 to $15. For more information, call the Masquer Theatre at 246-2611.
— By Tammara Green, QVPR contributer