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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 ›

The Towne Players will stage A.R Gurney's Sylvia, starring Maribeth McCarthy, at 8 p.m. April 28th and 2 p.m. April 29th in Garner Performing Arts Center

Come! Sit! Stay! for The Towne Players’ Production of Sylvia by A.R. Gurney

Even if you had no clue that A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia is about a dog, it would take roughly 15 seconds from lights-up to discern that Maribeth McCarthy’s character in the current Towne Players of Garner production is, indeed, a dog. Her high-energy portrayal is that accurate and that intense. You would also very quickly learn… Read More ›

The Towne Players will stage A.R Gurney's Sylvia, starring Maribeth McCarthy, at 8 p.m. April 28th and 2 p.m. April 29th in Garner Performing Arts Center

The Towne Players of Garner Hit A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia Out of the Park

The Towne Players of Garner have hit another one out of the park with their current production of Sylvia by A.R. Gurney, one the country’s more prolific playwrights. In this work, Gurney examines the relationship between pets and owners, with a farcically wry humor and discomforting psychology. Atbthe start of the play, Greg brings home… 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 ›

“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.

The Towne Players cast includes Stuart Jonap as Elwood P. Dowd, pictured here with his pal Harvey

Mary Coyle Chase’s Wonderfully Wacky Comedy “Harvey” Will Hop into Garner on Oct. 14th

The Towne Players of Garner will present a community-theater production of “Harvey,” a much beloved 1944 comedy by award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and children’s novelist Mary Coyle Chase and directed by Beth Honeycutt, on Oct. 14-22 in Garner Historic Auditorium.

"The Red Velvet Cake War" by Jones, Hope, and Wooten closes April 23rd

“The Red Velvet Cake War” Is a Real Knee-Slapper

A veteran community-theater cast, headed by the irrepressible Frances Stanley as the self-righteous town busybody LaMerle Verdeen Minshew, milk belly-laughs by the gallon from the sassy script for “The Red Velvet Cake War,” and perform every piece of monkey business with infectious high spirits.

"The Red Velvet Cake War" by Jones, Hope, and Wooten opens April 15th

Towne Players Present the N.C. Premiere of “The Red Velvet Cake War” by Jones, Hope, and Wooten

In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins — Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette — could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have set tongues wagging in the small town of Sweetgum (just down the road from Fayro) and the eyes of Texas are upon them, as their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle is quick to point out.