Leading Ladies at Lakewood Theatre Company March 4 - April 10, 2022Leading Ladies
by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Stephanie Mulligan
March 4 - April 10, 2022

$36/adults, $34/Seniors. Discounts for students and groups

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Show Title Sponsors: BONNIE CONGER
Directorial Sponsors: The Springs Living in Lake Oswego & Drs. Bill & Ricky Korach
Guest Artist Sponsors: Samantha Richardson


In this hilarious comedy by Ken Ludwig, the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in rural Pennsylvania. When they learn that a wealthy old woman in search of her two long-lost heirs is on her deathbed, they devise a plan that sends them on the performance of their lives.

The story: Set in 1953, Leading Ladies is the story of two Shakespearean actors wallowing in thespian poverty. Jack (Phillip J. Berns) is ready to retire his tights to find a wife and settle down, while his buddy Leo (Sam Dinkowitz) is eager to earn big bucks.

But then, what luck!  They hear that dear old ailing Florence (Margie Boule) of nearby York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews whom she has never seen. For Jack and Leo, it will be easy work to turn themselves into nephews Max and Steve and grab the cash. When they discover that "Max" and "Steve" are actually "Maxine" and "Stephanie," they continue, undaunted, in drag.

Romantic entanglements abound in this screwball comedy as Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with Florence’s vivacious niece, Meg (Jessica Tidd), who's engaged to Duncan (Nathan Dunkin) the local minister. Meanwhile, Jack swoons over Florence's sweet young neighbor Audrey (Jessi Walters). Ailing Florence somehow miraculously recovers, but the boys decide to keep on with the subterfuge trying to outlast her health and stay close to their new loves.

To keep the pretense going, Leo convinces Meg, who loves Shakespeare, to put on a production at Florence's estate to give himself more of an opportunity to be with her, both as Leo and Maxine. Meanwhile, Meg's fiancé grows increasingly suspicious of the "Leading Ladies." In true Ken Ludwig fashion, chaos ensues on the night of the production when a telegram arrives stating that the real Maxine and Stephanie will arrive that very night!

Other players in the talented cast include Don Stewart Burns as Doc, leader of the Loyal Order of the Moose, and Matthew Sunderland as Butch, Doc’s son.

Director Stephanie Mulligan aptly describes Leading Ladies as “a rollicking mash-up of Twelfth Night – one of her favorite Shakespearean comedies – and the brilliant film, Some Like it Hot, with dashes of Mrs. Doubtfire and Charley’s Aunt thrown in for good measure.”

LTC’s production of Leading Ladies is directed by Stephanie Mulligan, the stage manager is Hailee Foster, scenic design is by John Gerth, sound design is by Marcus Storey, lighting design is by Kurt Herman, costume design is by Paige A. Hanna, wigs by Jane Holmes, incidental choreography is by Laura Hiszczynskyj,  properties design is by Micah Steury, and the producer is Steve Knox.


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Special WOW performances (Wine on Wednesday) - March 23, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Tickets at $25 for ages 35 and under!  One hour prior to performance there will be a complimentary wine tasting. OLCC rules apply! Bring your ID for the tasting! PLEASE NOTE: for this production please do not bring food or beverage into the theatre.