26th Season 
Bold Adventurous Theatre
...Anything But Square

Carpenter Square Theatre is proud to announce the 2009-2010 season of shows!
CST brings you the shows you won't see at any other local theater.

Discover what everyone's talking we celebrate 26 years of quality alternative theatre in Oklahoma City.

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

September 4 - 26, 2009
Compleat Female Stage Beauty
a comedy by Jeffrey Hatcher

She was the first of her kind. He was the last of his. A female theatre dresser sparks a theatrical revolution in 17th Century London by going onstage to play Desdemona in OTHELLO. Instead of throwing her in jail, King Charles II re-writes the law to let women act. Consequently, the most famous male portrayer of female roles in London loses his livelihood, his lover, and his sense of self...until fate and his desire for revenge give him the chance to take the stage again.

"A clever exploration of rich territory...when women were first allowed on the stage."
- The New York Times

"An intimate psychosexual backstage historical comedy...splendidly theatrical..."
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

October 16 - November 7, 2009
a comedy by Jeffrey Hatcher

Three comic tales about revenge, blackmail, sex, money, jealousy, justice, and murder! Who could ask for anything more? Set in the sun-drenched world of the Riddle Key Luxury Retirement Village in Florida, each story is a cat-and-mouse mystery featuring culprits who tell how they decided to commit the perfect crime and what tripped them up along the way.

"There's no point in wondering whodunit -- Jeffrey Hatcher's new play tells us that right off the bat.
The fun is finding out how they dun it and why.
The New York Times

"MURDERERS is a delight - a very funny comedy with some biting satire and terrific storytelling."
Talkin' Broadway

Tom, Dick & HarryNovember 27 - December 19, 2009
Tom, Dick & Harry
a screwball comedy by Ray Cooney & Michael Cooney

A madcap romp with rapid-fire dialogue that would do Preston Sturges proud - all you’re missing is Cary Grant in a negligee! Tom and Linda are a couple desperate to adopt a baby. If they can impress the social worker that the adoption agency sends for a site visit, a child will be theirs. Trouble rears its ugly head when Tom’s brothers, Dick and Harry arrive. Devil-may-care Dick prefers smuggling to a regular job, and daffy Harry works at the local hospital morgue, but both are eager to help their big brother. The brothers' "help" produces cases of illegal brandy, a bag of body parts, two illegal immigrants from Kosovo and a Russian mobster. Lies pile on top of lies and mayhem ensues until things couldn’t possibly get worse. Or could they? Of course, they can!

"…the whole thing is hilarious, daft and utterly irresistible."
– The Sunday Times (London)

January 15 - February 6, 2010
a comedy-drama by Theresa Rebeck

Mourning their recently deceased mother, two half-sisters discover a spectacularly precious stamp collection that includes two rare stamps from the island of Mauritius, one of the first places in the world to print stamps. Enter three dangerous high-stakes collectors who are willing to do almost anything to have the two tiny slips of paper for their own.

"...just sit back and enjoy the tense, often funny and fast-paced, cat-and-mouse game."
– Curtain Up.

"One wouldn't think that the subject of rare stamps would make for gripping,
entertaining theatre, but Theresa Rebeck's MAURITIUS...proves otherwise..."
– The Hollywood Reporter

February 19 - March 13, 2010
Love Song
a romantic comedy by John Kolvenbach

A 2007 Olivier Award nominee for Best New Comedy that premiered at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre in 2006. Beane is an exile from life -- an oddball. His well-meaning sister and brother-in-law try to make time for him, but no one seems to get through. Following a burglary at Beane's apartment, he turns blissfully happy. Baffled, his sister must try to unravel the story behind his mysterious new love, Molly. This offbeat comedy becomes a rhapsody to the power of love in all its forms.

"LOVE SONG is about nothing less than the chaos of being human, and the yearning for everything."
– The Chicago Sun-Times

March 26 – April 17, 2010
All My Sons
a drama by Arthur Miller

Joe Keller's company manufactures engine parts for the Air Force. A shipment of faulty parts has resulted in the deaths of 21 pilots. Joe's oldest son, Larry, a pilot, is missing and presumed dead. Joe's younger son, Chris, is determined to set the truth free at all costs. Winner of the Drama Critics Award for Best New Play in 1947, ALL MY SONS established Arthur Miller as a leading voice in the American theater, and introduced themes that tread through his work as a whole; the relationships between fathers and sons and the conflict between business and personal ethics.

May 14 - June 5, 2010
a drama by Lee Thuna

A woman is found wandering the streets of Chicago, her feet blistered and bloodied. The doctors recognize this as a symptom of the "fugue" state of amnesia, where the victim is literally running away from an intolerable memory. The young psychiatrist assigned to her case is running away from his own demons -- a mistake he made with a patient early in his career. The closer he gets to piecing together the puzzle of the woman's life, the more she longs to run. If she remembers the terrible occurrence that sent her running, will he be repeating the mistake he made before? Winner of the American Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Play in Regional Theatre.

"FUGUE is a charming as it is terrifying,
as honest as it is dark, intriguing as it is engaging."
– UK Theatre Network

June 25 – July 17, 2010
Reefer Madness
music by Dan Studney, book & lyrics by Kevin Murphy

"Meant to be a serious documentary on how the demon weed turns apple-cheeked American teens into hollow-eyed homicidal zombies, the movie's unintentional humor made it a midnight movie staple on college campuses in the '60s. But while the move is so glaringly bad, the Off-Broadway musical of REEFER deliberately outlandish and silly. And that's what makes it so good. [The show includes] a dozen or so over-the-top and hilarious production numbers." -- NY Daily News

Though set in 1936, the year of the film's release, REEFER MADNESS incorporates musical styles ranging from jazz and doo-wop to rock and disco, and it provides characters that are accessible to young audiences even as they parody old-fashioned stereotypes.



"Divertingly silly...offers plenty of entertainment on its own appealingly
unpretentious terms, with a sweetly charming retro-rock score."
– Daily Variety

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Updated: August 31, 2016


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