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The Matthews is excited to bring you a special night of theater: “Getting Our Acts Together: A Night of Northern Hills One Acts”! This special performance will be hosted at the Matthews Opera House & Arts Center on Saturday, October 15 at 7 pm.
Additional performances will be held at the Homestake Opera House on Friday, October 14 at 7 pm and at the Belle Fourche Recreation Center on Sunday, October 16 at 3 pm.
The performance, aptly named for the collaboration between the Matthews Opera House, Homestake Theater Works, and the Belle Fourche Area Community Theater, will feature three one-act plays presented by three separate directors and casts. Each of the shows will be around 30 to 45 minutes long, to create a full evening of entertainment.
About the Shows…
“Laundry and Bourbon”
by James McClure
directed by Julie Walkins, Matthews Opera House
The setting is the front porch of Roy and Elizabeth’s home in Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer afternoon. Elizabeth and her friend Hattie are whiling away the time folding laundry, watching TV, sipping bourbon and Coke, and gossiping about the many open secrets which are so much a part of small-town life. They are joined by the self-righteous Amy Lee who, among other tidbits, can’t resist blurting out that Roy has been seen around town with another woman. While the ensuing conversation is increasingly edged with bitter humor, from it emerges a sense of Elizabeth’s inner strength and her quiet understanding of the turmoil which has beset her husband since his return from Vietnam. He is wild, and he is unfaithful, but he needs her, and she loves him. And she’ll be waiting for him when he comes home—no matter what others may say or think.
“Any Body for Tea”
by C.B. Gilford
directed by Debbie Minter, Homestake Theater Works
Detective Dennis O’Finn, investigating the death of an elderly lady, discovers that he is the motive for murder. Six sweet but slightly balmy ladies are all in love with their bachelor neighbor, the handsome, forty-ish, O’Finn. To lure him to visit, they stage a homicide. But to keep him around, they must do it again!
Based on the enormously successful Bull in a China Shop, this charmer of a chiller is a top contest play from coast to coast.
“Endings are Hard”
by Derek Olson and Toi Lyn Flick
directed by Derek Olson, Belle Fourche Area Community Theater
This original script by local playwrights has been performed throughout the country, and is about a writer who is working on an action movie script. As the writer tries to figure out how to end the movie, he finds that the characters in the script start to pitch their own ideas.