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Contact: Gary Daigneault, 760-366-8471
TCOMEDY “BAD YEAR FOR TOMATOES” RETURNS TO THEATRE 29
The Theatre 29 2019 “Best Of” season, marking 20 years for the Morongo Basin’s Premier all-volunteer Community Theater, kicked off last weekend. The season will feature favorites from the past 19 years, marking the first-time Theatre 29 has ever repeated a production.
The season started with delighted audiences when the curtain opened on the Hilarious Comedic Farce “Bad Year for Tomatoes”, first produced in 2009. The show is directed by Char Childs, a longtime favorite on the stage, in her mainstage directorial debut.
Written in 1975 by John Patrick, “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” focuses on famous actress, Myra Marlowe, played by Janet Peercy, who has tired of her demanding Hollywood life and escapes to the tiny New England town of Beaver Haven. Myra reclaims her original name – Myrtle Marigold Durdle – to hide out and tries in vain to pen her autobiography.
Myra’s longtime agent, Tom Lamont, played by Kevin Myers, is the keeper of her secret. He’s loyal, he’s patient, he’s smitten, and he’s confused about the whole charade.
Myra – now known as Myrtle – gets little writing done as she is constantly interrupted by nosy neighbors who either want to read her palm, drink her Scotch or sell her manure. The town gossips – Reba Harper and Cora Gump (Brandy Hazel and Director Childs) – fill her in on who’s who while the town witch, Willa Mae Wilcox (Hope Spicer), offers up her spiritual services. But it’s Piney, hilariously played by Earl Childs, who steals the show. Dragging an axe around, he’s there to sell wood or nuts but really, he just wants to hang out. The production also features Morgan Pennington as the Sheriff.
Desperate for some peace, Myrtle dons a wig and invents a crazy, homicidal sister who lives upstairs, hoping to scare off the neighbors. The ploy works for a time, until the town starts to wonder just what – or whom – Myrtle has buried in her tomato garden.
“A Bad Year for Tomatoes” will run weekends through January 27. Friday and Saturday nights are at 7:00 pm and Sunday afternoons are at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10.00 to $15.00. For tickets, visit theatre29.org or call 760-361-4151. Season Tickets for the entire 2019 season are also available.
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In the Hilarious Comedic Farce, “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” at Theatre 29, a Hollywood actress, Myra Marlowe (Janet Peercy) left, trying to stay out of the public eye, finds herself fighting over an axe with nutty neighbor Willa Mae Wilcox (Hope Spicer). (Charles Harvey photo)
The Theatre 29 20th “Best of Season” kicks off with “A Bad Year for Tomatoes”. Here Myra Marlowe (Janet Peercy) left, a famous actress trying to keep a low profile, resists the efforts of her agent Tom Lamont (Kevin Myers) to go back to Hollywood. (Charles Harvey Photo)