The Man Who Came to Dinner

Download Show Flyer| Click here to Purchase Tickets | Click here to read The Oregonian Review | Nov. 6 - Dec. 13, 2009, Directed by Joe Theissen  Ticket Prices: $26/adults, $24.00 Student/Senior.


Sheridan Whiteside, a New York critic, lecturer, wit, and radio orator, slips on the icy doorstep of the prominent Stanley family during a publicity stop. For the next six weeks the convalescing curmudgeon interferes with everyone and everything while confined to the Stanley's living room. The outrageous antics of this irascible invalid will have you laughing in the aisles. Recommended for general audiences. 

Directed by Joe Theissen, The Man Who Came to Dinner plays, November 6 - December 13, 2009 with the following schedule:  Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 7:00 PM (November 8, 15, 22), Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (November 15, 29 & December 6, 13), and one Wednesday performance at 7:30 PM on December 2nd.  Please note: there is  no performance on Thanksgiving November 26th.

Ticket prices are $26 for adults and $24 for students and seniors and are available through the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or order online. Click here to Purchase Tickets  

The title sponsor for The Man Who Came to Dinner is The Lakewood Center Associates


The Story:

Man Who Came to DinnerWritten in 1939, this light-hearted comedy has relevance for today's audience as it takes a look at the private lives of celebrities when they're not on the stage.

Sheridan Whiteside (Tobias Andersen) comes to dinner at the home of the Ohio social couple Mr. and Mrs. Stanley (Scott Malcolm and Jane Fellows) during the Christmas season. Unfortunately for the Stanleys, Sheridan slips and falls on the ice of the homestead steps fracturing his hip. The local doctor (Tim Park), who is also a frustrated playwright, plops him in a wheelchair and the long term patient becomes the houseguest from hell. The playwrights have patterned this personality after Alexander Woollcott, a celebrated critic and radio personality known for his wit and worldly manner.

Lorraine SheldonWhat happens to the Stanleys shouldn't happen to a dog. Whiteside, who gives new meaning to the word curmudgeon, takes over the living room and all sorts of celebrities show up to wish the famous man a joyful holiday. Hart and Kaufman have patterned these folks after famous entertainment figures of the day. Professor Metz (Brian Allard), a look alike of Albert Einstein, brings a glass-enclosed miniature city of 10,000 cockroaches; Beverly Carlton (Sammuel Hawkins) comes tap dancing in as a Noel Coward figure; stage star Lorraine Sheldon (Margie Boulé), comes slinking in like Gertrude Lawrence and Banjo (Garland Lyons), a zany comedian resembling Harpo Marx, stops by to visit his old pal and celebrate the holidays. Maggie Cutler (Jill Westerby), Whiteside's personal assistant, manages all the appointments but even she gets frustrated when some ex-convicts get invited to dinner and four penguins unexpectedly show up from Admiral Byrd. All of this happens - plus an outlandish telephone bill of $784 (a lot of money those days) of overseas calls - to the put upon Stanleys who have to use the servant entrance to their own house.

Man Who Came to Dinner/hatsOthers in the cast include Ellen Bloodworth, Matt Brown, Daniel Bunten, MaryAnne Glazebrook, Jeff Gorham, Anne Hargreaves, Andy Lee-Hillstrom, Megan Misslin, Christopher Mullens, Cheryl Nelson, Bob Rindt, Alyssa Roehrenbeck, Shea Mackinnon, Cole Jackson and Todd Tschida.

Stage direction for The Man Who Came to Dinner is by Joe Theissen. Set design is by Robert Vaughn, lighting design is by Kurt Herman, costume design is by Allison Dawe, properties are by Sammuel Hawkins, the stage manager is Jessica Downs and the producer is Kay Vega.

Preen and BanjoTicket Information

The theatre is located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Ticket prices for The Man Who Came to Dinner are $26 for adults and $24 for students and seniors and are available through the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901.

Download Show Flyer| Click here to Purchase Tickets |Click here to read The Oregonian Review  Nov. 6 - Dec. 13, 2009