The Best Laid Plans
Firdale Village ~ 9673 Firdale Ave.
April 4 – 27
Clever tempo, a seasoned cast, and witty promotion mark The Phoenix Theatre’s early spring production – “The Best Laid Plans.”
“The Best Laid Plans” by playwright Fred Carmichael is an obvious hit (as reflected by the announcement of the sell-out crowd). The play, starring Phoenix Theatre veteran Melanie Calderwood, opened on April 4 and will run through Sunday, April 27.
Phoenix Theatre productions focus on comedy and farce and the selection of “The Best Laid Plans” which debuted in 1966 at the Dorset Playhouse, Dorset, Vermont, by the Caravan Theatre Summer Stock Company, is no exception.
From the playbill: Ada Westbrook, an elderly Ian Fleming-type author (played by Melanie Calderwood), finds herself called upon to act as a liaison between our government and enemy powers. During her Caribbean vacation, a spy dies in Ada’s house. He has on him secret plans every government is after and since the plans are on the body, everyone tries to steal it. The cadaver ends up being moved all over the place like a fast-moving shell game, until no one knows where it is. When the body’s twin brother shows up there’s even more complications. Who’s dead, who’s alive? Who is the mysterious Mr. Big behind it all?
Curtain time for the Friday and Saturday shows is at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees set for 2 p.m. General admission is $18.50; juniors/seniors/military admission is set at $15.50. Tickets are available by calling 206-533-2000 or online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com.
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Once “The Best Laid Plans” closes you (like me!) may need more Phoenix Theatre antics. If that’s the case, mark your calendar for this generous offering: “A Cabaret Tonight!” pay-what-you-will fundraising event.
I had an opportunity to interview Christine Mosere and Melanie Calderwood regarding the theatre company’s first-ever fundraising event.
Take a look at our chat!
Artfully Edmonds (AE): Do you have these types of fundraisers often?
Melanie and Christine (M&C): This is our first one. And we are so excited with the level of talented performers who have donated their time to ensure our success—including an amazing George Burns and Gracie Allen!
(AE): What is the highest priority on the Company’s wish list?
(M&C): It may not be glamorous, but our highest priority is to sustain our organization! In order to sustain the high quality of production that we have become known for, we are at a critical point where we must build our infrastructure (database, computer, better phone system) and increase our artist stipends.
Show ticket sales only account for about 50% of the cost of producing theatre, and we believe our mission should be accessible to all in our community so we keep our ticket prices low.
(AH): Why should we – the live theatre public — support The Phoenix Theatre?
(M&C): Because our vision is to use theatre to increase happiness and shared laughter is a truly wonderful way to make people happy.
(AH): What tantalizing tease would you like the community to receive about the evening of April 29?
(M&C): You won’t want to miss one laugh, chuckle or guffaw as some of the Puget Sound’s most talented performers (including our own “George Burns and Gracie Allen”) donate their time to help the Phoenix Soar!
“Life is a cabaret ol’ friends so come to the Cabaret”… and ‘catch a laugh’ with us!” concludes Melanie Calderwood and Christine Mosere in their invitation to Puget Sound area community of theatre lovers.
Tickets are being handled by Brown Bag Tickets and suggested donation begins at $15. Once you’ve got your tickets go to the theatre’s Facebook page and click! click! on the event tab for “A Cabaret Tonight!” with a ‘join” here.
See you there!
— By Emily Hill