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The Towne Players of Garner Provide Loads of Laughs That You Can Take with You

Who remembers The Munsters? That 1960s TV show was about a family in which every member, except one (niece Marilyn), was decidedly quirky. Much of the show’s humor was in the nonchalance with which these zanies pursued their off-the-wall activities. In like manner, the Towne Players of Garner’scommunity-theater production of You Can’t Take It with… Read More ›

Jim O'Brien (on left in center photo) and Michael Dunavan star as Al Lewis and Willie Clark in The Towne Players' production of The Sunshine Boys (photos by Ken Hall)

The Towne Players’ Production of The Sunshine Boys Is Hilarious and Extremely Satisfying

Hilarious is the best word to describe this show, just to start; but on top of the bright, clever writing and quirky plot, The Towne Players of Garner performed Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys crisply and extremely satisfyingly at the Garner Performing Arts Center. Towne Players artistic director Beth Honeycutt reached back to 1972 and… Read More ›

Jim O'Brien (on left in center photo) and Michael Dunavan star as Al Lewis and Willie Clark in The Towne Players' production of The Sunshine Boys (photos by Ken Hall)

Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys Shines Brightly at the Garner Performing Arts Center

The Towne Players of Garner’s production of Neil Simon’s 1972 Broadway hit The Sunshine Boys is a solid evening of entertainment, which will complete its all-too-brief two-week run on Feb. 3rd and 4th at the Garner Performing Arts Center. Simon’s script is rife with one-liners, witty exchanges, slapstick routines, and sight-gags. Towne Players artistic director… Read More ›

On Jan. 20th in Garner, James Gregory Proved That He’s Still Hilarious After All These Years!

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Kurt has been a fan of Mr. Gregory since the 1990s; the show on Friday, Jan. 20th, however, was Pam’s “first time.” It was 1982 when James Gregory started doing comedy. It was on a certain open mic night at The Punchline in Atlanta, GA. He and his pals were regulars, and they… Read More ›

Boeing-Boeing will delight Towne Players patrons at 8 p.m. on Oct. 28th and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Oct. 29th

The Towne Players’ Opening-Night Flight of Boeing-Boeing Was Right on Time!

Oh! What a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive! ~ Sir Walter Scott ~ Welcome to the Garner Performing Arts Center! Prepare to laugh and clap! Welcome also to Bernard’s apartment in 1960’s Paris! As the lights come up on The Towne Players’ community-theater production of Boeing-Boeing, we meet the American… Read More ›

Boeing-Boeing will delight Towne Players patrons at 8 p.m. on Oct. 28th and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Oct. 29th

The Towne Players’ Version of Marc Camoletti’s Boeing-Boeing Is a Laugh-a-Minute Show

The French farce Boeing-Boeing, written in 1960 by Marc Camoletti, translated into English by Beverley Cross for the 1965 Broadway production, and revised by Francis Evans for the 2008 Broadway Revival, is reportedly the most performed French play throughout the world. That is understandable, because this is a laugh-a-minute show, a bone fide “door slammer,”… Read More ›

Husband and wife team to kick off Broadway Voices 2014-2015 season

The sparks were real when Gary Mauer and Elizabeth Southard took the Broadway stage as the Phantom and Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. Their electricity on stage was genuine. The husband and wife met while working on a cruise ship, playing a pair of newlyweds in New York Honeymoon.  They later… Read More ›

“Our Town” Cast Fails to Do Justice to Thorton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize Winning Play

Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece of modern drama, Our Town, is a deceptively difficult play to stage successfully, because it requires a large supporting cast capable of transforming their fleeting cameo roles into unforgettable characters. This powerful and poetic three-act play, which won the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, delivers three juicy slices of turn-of-the-century American life… Read More ›

Road Trip!: A Dozen Texas Eccentrics Visit Sin City in the Towne Players’ Production of “Tuna Does Vegas”

The first play of the Towne Players of Garner’s 2013 season is Tuna Does Vegas, a madcap comedy penned by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard and sassily staged in Garner by Towne Players artistic director Beth Honeycutt. This knee-slapping community-theater production of Messrs. Williams, Sears, and Howard’s third sequel to Greater Tuna  (1981)… Read More ›

The Towne Players of Garner’s Rendition of “Arsenic and Old Lace” Is an Uproarious Black Comedy

Madness doesn’t just run through the Brewster family of Brooklyn, NY; it gallops! Matriarchs Abby and Martha Brewster (played by Francis Stanley and Kelly Stansell in the Towne Players of Garner’s robust community-theater production of “Arsenic and Old Lace”) are a pair of sweet little old ladies and pillars of the church, well known for their countless acts of charity for the less fortunate. Indeed, they so deeply empathize with lonely old men, bereft of friends and family, living lives of quiet desperation, that they open their home to them, supplying with bed and board at a bargain price. Then to end their lodgers’ suffering, the sisters serve them a glass of their own delicious home-made elderberry wine before meals, with just a dash of arsenic!

Joseph O. Kesselring’s Classic 1941 Black Comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” Is Still Devilishly Funny

The final play of the Towne Players of Garner’s 2012 season will be New York City playwright and screenwriter Joseph O. Kesselring’s classic black comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” This community-theater production will run Oct. 12, 13, and 18-20 at the Garner Performing Arts Center (formerly Garner Historic Auditorium). ” Arsenic and Old Lace” focuses on the oddball Brewster family of Brooklyn, NY, which has a whole raft of skeletons in their closets.

In Caroline Francke’s Comedy, His Daughter’s Wedding Drives the “Father of the Bride” Crazy

The Towne Players of Garner, NC will stage a community-theater production of “Father of the Bride,” a three-act 1951 domestic drama by Caroline Francke (1899-1960), based on the 1949 comic novel by Edward Streeter, on April 20, 21, and 26-28 in the Garner Performing Arts Center.

Towne Players patrons selected "Driving Miss Daisy" as the encore presentation for the Garner-based theater company's 2012 season

Frances Stanley, Holmes Morrison, and Tim Upchurch Will All Reprise Their Roles in “Driving Miss Daisy”

Frances Stanley, Holmes Morrison, and Tim Upchurch will all reprise their roles in the Towne Players’ encore presentation of their critically acclaimed production of Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” on Jan. 20, 21, and 26-28 in the Garner Performing Arts Center.