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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.