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Carpenter Square Theatre had to cancel the remainder of its 36th Season, and
does not plan to reopen until late fall for Season 37, it is still working
to entertain and enrich the community.
The theater will present the third edition of
“CST LiveOnline!” by airing two Old Time Radio comedies at 7 p.m. July
17-18. They are two online live-streaming radio shows that were originally
broadcast in 1938 and 1947, respectively. The broadcast will include Abbott
and Costello’s “Who’s On First?” and an episode of The Burns and Allen Show
titled “Gracie Takes Up Crime Solving.”
Director Rhonda Clark has assembled a cast of
metro area actors with comic flair who should be well-known to area
audiences. The cast includes Don Reece and C.W. Bardsher as Abbott and
Costello, and they will also perform other roles in The Burns and Allen
Show. Terry Veal and Amanda Lee star as George Burns and Gracie Allen,
supported by Chris Crane, Denise Hughes, Paul Austin, and David Patterson,
who will play multiple roles. Carpenter Square broadcasts their radio shows
live from the studio of RK-1 Productions near Scissortail Park in downtown
Oklahoma City, and they can be viewed on the Carpenter Square Theatre
YouTube channel. Viewing is free, but the theater appreciates donations, as
well as donations for RK-1 Studios who are providing their services for free.
“Who’s On First?” is George Abbott and Lou
Costello’s most famous collaboration, which has its roots in burlesque and
vaudeville. The sketch is set at Yankee Stadium where Abbott is identifying
baseball players’ names to hilarious effect. In 1999, Time Magazine named
the routine the Best Comedy Sketch of the 20th Century, and an early radio
recording was placed in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry
George Burns and Gracie Allen were a comedy duo
that married in 1926 and entertained in vaudeville, film, radio, and
television for over forty years. George played the straight man to Gracie’s
daffy wife character. Their radio show alternated between NBC and CBS from
1934 to 1950, then they quickly reemerged on television, where their popular
show ran from 1950 to 1958. Their radio show was inducted in the National
Radio Hall of Fame in 1994. Their television series received eleven
Primetime Emmy nominations, and they were inducted in to the Television Hall
of Fame in 1988. In “Gracie Takes Up Crime Solving,” Gracie is inspired by
her favorite radio show, “The Tall Man,” to become a crime sleuth. One day
after a broadcast, she and a reluctant George hit the sidewalks, with Gracie
expecting to trip over corpses and solve murder mysteries like her idols.
Throughout the episode, they encounter friends and strangers whom Gracie
lures into her so-called adventure.
“CST LiveOnline!” will air monthly while the
theater itself is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch for it on the
third weekend of the month throughout the summer and fall. To tune in, visit
carpentersquare.com, the theater’s website. On the home page, look for the
purple box on the right and click on the link “Comedy Fun with Abbott &
Costello and Burns & Allen.” This will take viewers directly to Carpenter
Square Theatre’s YouTube channel. Also, folks may visit YouTube, search for
Carpenter Square Theatre and subscribe to the channel, which is free. Other
CST videos are posted there for the public’s enjoyment.
Carpenter Square Theatre is supported in part
by the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Kirkpatrick
Family Fund, Inasmuch Foundation, and Allied Arts. Season Sponsors include
Ed and Janet Bucknell and Mel and Cindy Ables.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-232-6500.