In this side-splitting comic romp about marriage, career-driven Suzannah Hayden needs a lot more help on the home front than she's getting from her husband, Gibby. Lately, nurturing his marriage of twenty-seven years hasn't been the highest priority for Gibby, but pretty soon he'll wish it had been.
Enter Beth Bailey, Suzannah's newly-hired assistant, a gregarious, highly-motivated daughter of the South. To Suzannah's delight, Beth explodes into the Hayden household and whips it into an organized, well-run machine. This couldn't have happened at a better time for Suzannah, since her boss, Celia Carmichael, the C.E.O. of Carmichael's Chocolates, is flying in soon for an important make-or-break business dinner.
Gibby grows increasingly wary as Beth insinuates herself into more and more aspects of their lives. In no time, she exceeds her duties as a household assistant and interjects herself into Suzannah's career. As Suzannah's dependence on Beth grows and Gibby's dislike of the woman deepens, Suzannah gives Beth carte blanche to change anything in the household that "will make it run more efficiently." And the change Beth makes is convincing Suzannah that Gibby must go!
When he realizes it's Suzannah's career Beth is really after, a newly-determined Gibby sets out to save his marriage aided by Suzannah's best friend, Margo, a wisecracking and self-deprecating divorcee and her ex-husband, Hank, who is in the midst of his own mid-life crisis. Their effort to stop Beth at any cost sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry just as Suzannah's boss arrives for that all-important dinner.
Whether you're married, single, rethinking your divorce or currently being controlled by someone up to no good, you're sure to enjoy this family-friendly, laugh-out-loud Jones/Hope/Wooten comedy!
Suzannah Hayden: Windie Wilson
Gibby Hayden: Mark Palmer
Margot James: Freddi Birdwell
Hank Russell: Tony Mendez
Beth Bailey: Cheri Compton
Celia Carmichael: Gary Mullins
"A sure-fire hit! Full of hilarious one-liners that keeps the audience in stitches." Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville, NC
"The physical comedy reaches a fever pitch ... a light-hearted and enjoyable evening." Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC
"A very upbeat, fast-paced play in the best tradition of French farce." The Menomonee Falls Patch, Menomonee Falls, WI
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Next Up ...
Our 2013-2014 Season opens Aug. 2 with ...
by Larry Shue
Aug 2-18, 2013
One of the funniest plays ever written, this extraordinarily inventive, side-splitting comedy was first presented by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, then produced in Great Britain, then went on to Broadway. The action centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he's never met but who saved his life in Vietnam—the visitor turning out to be an incredibly inept, hopelessly stupid "nerd" who outstays his welcome with a vengeance.
"Shue delivers a neatly crafted package that uses some classic comic forms to bring the audience to its knees, laughing." The Milwaukee Journal
"…the audience almost never stops laughing—handkerchiefs wiping away tears of merriment…" Variety
"…a spring tonic of side-bruising laughter…" The Milwaukee Tribune
The Outgoing Tide
by Bruce Graham
Sep 6-22, 2013
In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner (afflicted with Alzheimer’s) has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family's future but meets with resistance from his wife and son, who have plans of their own. As winter approaches, the three must quickly find common ground and come to an understanding -- before the tide goes out. This new drama hums with dark humor and powerful emotion.
Winner of the 2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award
"... [a] deeply moving and surprisingly funny, straight-talking, unpretentious meditation on Alzheimer’s and end-of-life suffering." philly.com
"We absolutely LOVED the show ... it was a delight, perfectly cast, costumed so well that additional sets were not needed, could have been an off Broadway production right here in K-ville. When I was in NYC in Dec., I saw 3 off Broadway shows which made me appreciate TKD even more ... including the venue! When I tell people that TKD is as good as NYC, I know what I am talking about!"
- L. Denton, Knoxville