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Carpenter Square Theatre is proud to announce the 2010-2011 season of shows!
CST brings you the shows you won't see at any other local theater.

Discover what everyone's talking about...as we celebrate 27 years of quality alternative theatre in Oklahoma City. For more information, please call (405) 232-6500.

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Ticket Information

(Due to the nature of performing arts events, all titles subject to change.)
 


September 3 - 25, 2010
Leading Ladies
a comedy by Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig keeps alive the humor of Philip Barry, Billy Wilder, Preston Sturges and the Marx Brothers! In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, are down on their luck, performing on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania.  On the train, they hear that an ailing, elderly lady in York, PA wants to leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews. Jack and Leo decide to portray her relatives and get the cash.  When they arrive, they discover that the relatives are nieces, not nephews, so they dive into their costume trunks to become women a la Some Like It Hot.  When Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady’s niece who’s already engaged, romantic entanglements, quick changes and near misses abound!  Meg longs for the wide world out there, and when she meets “Maxine and Stephanie,” she finally gets a taste of it.

 

"Ludwig’s newest farce is so funny, it will make sophisticated and
reasonable men and women of the 21st Century cackle till their faces hurt."
– Houston Press


October 15 - November 6, 2010
Sordid Lives
a comedy by Del Shores

The show that audiences loved at CST in 2007 is ba-ack! Winner of 14 DramaLogue awards, including Best Production, during its long Los Angeles run, a cult film starring Beau Bridges, Olivia Newton-John and Delta Burke and even a television series in 2008, the wacky characters of Winters, Texas return to the CST stage for your delight! When Peggy, a good ol’ Texas gal, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas. Among the "Sordid Lives" of Mama’s remaining family is Brother Boy who has spent the last 23 years dressed as Tammy Wynette, and we won't even mention the nymphomaniac who’s nothin’ but Texas trash…Well, gosh darn it, we just did, didn’t we?

For mature audiences due to strong language and subject matter.
 

"By the master of Texas comedy, his colorful eccentrics are dead on,
teetering on a Bowie’s knife edge between the hilariously improbable and the achingly real."
– L.A. Times
 


November 26 - December 18, 2010
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
a comedy by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K Alvarez

Unable to muster up excitement for their umpteenth performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, three actors decide at the last minute to perform every Christmas story ever told – plus Christmas traditions from around the world, every carol ever sung and seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop culture. It turns into an impromptu madcap romp through the holiday season! If you have enjoyed such shows as The Compleat Works of Wm Shakespeare (Abridged), then you will love this one!

 

 

"Warning: If you see Every Christmas Story Ever Told, you’ll never be able
to watch to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol without laughing out loud."
- Life Newspapers
 


January 14 - February 5, 2011
Good 'N' Plenty
a comedy by Jeffrey Hatcher

Wintersville High School, 1976. Richard Miller, the hip new Social Studies instructor at his crumbling old alma mater, decides to teach his students about the U.S. criminal justice system by staging “a drug game”. The students play pushers, buyers, narcs, cops and lawyers using Good ‘N’ Plenty candies as the contraband. Bad idea!

After a hilarious unraveling of authority, much of the school lands in actual jail. This play by one of our favorite playwrights, Jeffrey Hatcher, not only examines our system of government, but provides us the opportunity to exercise the most precious freedom democracy allows: The ability to laugh at it all!
 


 


February 18 - March 12, 2011
Skin Deep
a romantic comedy Jon Lonoff

In this quick-witted voyage into the rocky seas of middle-aged love and dating, a large, lovable lonely-heart gets more romance than she bargained for when she agrees to a blind date set up by her sister and brother-in-law who are having their own marital issues. Maureen and Joseph start to realize they’re perfect for each other, but will they admit it?

 

 

 

"It’s a little Paddy Chayefsky, a lot Neil Simon…the dialogue is crackling and hilarious."
– NYTheatreWorld.com


April 1-23, 2011
The Scarlet Letter
a d
rama by Phyllis Nagy, adapted from the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hawthorne’s magnum opus that explores sin, hypocrisy and society is vividly re-imagined in this sexually charged tale of obsession and revenge. Set in Puritan times, it is the story of Hester Prynne who gives birth after committing adultery, is forced to wear a scarlet letter "A," and struggles to create a new life for herself and her child. The play has a decidedly contemporary slant that is told from the point of view of Pearl, Hester Prynne’s now grown and highly spirited daughter. It’s a brilliant, unusual adaptation of "the greatest American novel."

 


 

"Hawthorne may have always been engaging, but he's never been this hip."
– The Washington Post


May 20 - June 4, 2011
You've Got Hate Mail!
a comedy by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore

Attorney Richard is in the midst of a torrid affair with Wanda, a young lady in his office. Between rendezvous in the elevator and the fourth floor restroom, their sexy emails fly back and forth on the internet. When Richard’s wife tries out her new laptop, she interrupts their binary repartee one afternoon. In the midst of zipping back and forth between emails from the two ladies, Richard mistakenly sends his wife a lusty message intended for his lover, and the cyber mayhem ensues. Almost immediately, the couple’s friends, George and Peg, get involved, which only complicates matters more. The audience should be LOL (that is, laughing out loud) as the story escalates into a comic free-for-all with a surprise ending.

 

 

 


July 116, 2011
Five Women Wearing The Same Dress
a comedy by Alan Ball

By the creator and producer of True Blood and Six Feet Under and the author of American Beauty, this is an irreverent and funny look at the intricacies of friendship and the power of similar dressing! During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women's spirit.

For mature audiences due to some scenes with drug use.

 

"…[a] wonderfully entertaining play…" —NY Post.
 



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Updated: June 21, 2011


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