By Paul Slade Smith
March 14 – April 28
Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go! The hysterical comedy Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith arrives at The Great American Melodrama on March 14. Featuring some of the Melodrama’s funniest actors, Unnecessary Farce is sure to tickle event he most fickle funny-bones. “This is a show for people who love big laughs and big characters,” says Dan Schultz, the Melodrama’s Artistic Director.
Like all farces, the convoluted plot sets up a series of hilarious misunderstandings. Set in a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor (Billy Breed) meets with his female accountant (Rebecca Tucker). In the next room, two cops (Eleise Moore and Nick Wilder) wait to catch the meeting on video. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room and who’s taken the money. Then things go to another level when the Scottish hit man with anger issues shows up. This show is truly laugh-a-minute. Some content may not be appropriate for little kids, so the show is rated PG.
Following every performance of Unnecessary Farce is the brand new vaudeville revue, The Jungle Adventure. Put together by Melodrama favorite Katie Worley Beck, it’s a musical trip into the jungle primeval. You’ll meet a witch doctor, take a jungle cruise, and see Tarzan and Jane like never before. Featuring song, dance, and comedy, The Jungle Adventure is the perfect end to a night of great theatre.
These shows play March 14 – April 28. Performances are Wednesday through Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 3 and 7 pm, and Sundays at 6 pm. The Melodrama’s in-house snack bar features great food and drinks served before the show and during intermissions. Tickets are $23 to $30, with discounts available for groups, seniors, students, active military, and children. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Melodrama Box Office, at 805-489-2499, or visit www.americanmelodrama.com. The Great American Melodrama is located on Highway 1 in Oceano, just three miles south of Pismo Beach. Come see their brand new box office building across from the theatre, you can’t miss it. The Melodrama has been providing professional family entertainment on the Central Coast since 1975.