Laughing Stock is a hilarious backstage comedy in the tradition of Noises Off, written and directed by Pioneer Theatre Company's longtime (and outgoing) artistic directory Charles Morley. It was first produced by PTC in 2001 and has since been produced more than a hundred times around the country. It's silly, sweet, and wildly funny, polished to a shine by a talented cast.
Laughing Stock tells the story of a summer season in a converted New Hampshire barn called "The Playhouse," in which a diverse group of theater veterans and neophytes presents Dracula, Hamlet and Charley's Aunt. Budget headaches, clashing egos, frustrated ambitions, crazy mishaps and questionable "artistic interpretations" collide with hilarious results. The night I attended, a less-than-packed house filled the theater with belly laughs. Laughing Stock is an outrageous farce with a tender love story, and a genuine love of theatre, at its center.
March 23-April 7, 2012
Mondays - Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.
Saturday matinees, 2 p.m.
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
300 S. 1400 E.
$29-$44, $5 more day of show
Children K-12 are half price on Mondays and Tuesdays
Photo: Andy Rindlisbach (Braun Oakes), Lesley Shires (Mary Pierre), David Christopher Wells (Tyler Taylor). By Alexander Weisman.