“Sapperstein and Murway have written a fun filled evening of Irish themed humor. The cast is having a ball and it radiates to the audience,” — Arnie Finkle, Stage Magazine.
Patty O’Toole has passed on and the town gathers at his wake to mourn and remember this mischievous trouble maker and his leprechaun inclusive events when it seems, Patty’s not done creating mischief. He shows up at his own wake rather than wait in line at the pearly gates for his turn at his interview.
my “Dancer” Director is anxious to start working on his production yesterday. I must admit that he & I have giggled over Dancer’s hi-jinks and are looking forward to working on it, –Sylvia Dombroski, Rosarito Theatre Guild.
Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus made its way to the Everett Theatre stage and the reviews are in from STAGE Magazine … WOW what a great job you all did! Starring Georgiana Staley as Woman, Wayne Meadows as Man and Allison Brooks and Stephanie Williams as the Genome Observation Department Lab Tech’s. Directed by the magnificent Ruth K. Brown with costumes by the lovely and talented Star Timney and sets from the artful and handy David Sokolowski and Ruth Brown. the entire J&G Team were present at the show last weekend and OMG this group put on an amazing production of Sapperstein & Murway’s Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus! Thanks to Stage Magazine for the fabulous review! We’re so thrilled you had a great time!
Following a command from the Boss at the Genome Observation Department, two Lab Technicians spin “Woman” and “Man” into creation from a petri dish. These experimental subjects embark on a live journey of discovery that observers will find both witty and a touch of wistful. The subjects must learn to connect with one another, though (surprise) they find that they differ in many ways, and are not supplied with instructions. The Technicians cannot seem to help but meddle some, seeing that Man is in over his head. Talk about drama in relationships! There is something for everyone in this show, which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.
Rounding out the cast of WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, MEN ARE FROM URANUS are Allison Brooks and Stephanie Williams who portray the Lab Technicians.
Georgiana Staley, she is Woman! Her expressions, physicality, character interpretation and timing reaped much audience reaction. The scene where she is birthing away behind a partition (without much help from Man) just steals the show. Also well executed was the maturation sequencing as Woman progressed through various stages in life. Wayne Meadows plays the quintessential Man, evoking sympathy, and laughter, with his “deer in the headlight” reactions to Woman. The interplay and timing between the two is terrific and adorable. In an interesting switch, female lab techs are featured in this show instead of traditional male casting of these roles. Lab Technician #1, played by Allison Brooks, and Lab Technician #2, played by Stephanie Williams, don’t always agree. They sometimes ignore the Genome Observation Department dictates and are not perfect, but they do stir up the sauce to spill out the laughter. Also appearing on stage in lab coats to assist are backstage crew members Jenn Fleagle and Lukas Vacula.
This production runs under an hour, and there is a fifteen minute intermission. A minimal, but funky set (Ruth K. Brown, David Sokolowski) is used. Sports wear is worn by Woman and Man instead of body suits (Star Timney, Costumer), which seems to work just fine for this production.
The Everett Theatre is an historic building. It is lovingly kept with an old time theater concession stand with fresh popcorn, candy, assorted beverages, and friendly people behind the counter who make one feel welcome. A coupon for this fun show is available at http://www.stagemagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Everett-May-Ad.pdf which also includes a free popcorn.
WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, MEN ARE FROM URANUS
Written by Judith Sapperstein and Gary Murway
Directed by Ruth K. Brown
May 10 – 19, 2013
The Everett Theatre
45 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE 19709
SHEBOYGAN FALLS, WISCONSIN – October 18, 2011 – The Final Approach Restaurant at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport, known for their amazing food and dining experience, has come together with J&G Productions, to bring to you a new dinner theatre experience. J&G Productions in Sheboygan, is led by Ralph Maffongelli, former Artistic Director at the Sheboygan Theatre Company and includes many talented and well-known performers in the area.
In an interview with Ralph he stated, “Our first production will be on December 1st through the 4th and will feature an amazing new comedy by Sapperstein & Murway, called Love and Merger. It’s about a greedy town council and what goes on when a wealthy town founder passes and leaves his estate to the town itself,” he shared. “You’ll see many familiar faces on stage including Tamara Richelle Pool, Tyrone Wesley, Robert J. Scheibl, Samantha Lin Pool, Chris Fontaine, Eileen McCormick Kelm, Michael A. Eberhardy and Kevin Horne,” Ralph concluded.
This is only the beginning of an aggressive calendar of theatrical entertainment, planned for Sheboygan and surrounding area residents for the 2012 season. “If you love theatre, love great food and live in the area, you really ought to head on over and see what we have planned for you,” states Tracy Byrne, J&G Unlimited’s VP, COO.
Tickets are available at the restaurant by calling 920-341-3668 where a J&G representative will call you back to finalize your order. You can go to “Dinner and a Show” or “Show Only”, and group rates are available for 15 or more. More information about the play, “Love and Merger” is found on TLC Scripts’ website here: https://tlcscripts.com/shop/love-and-merger-download/
About J&G Productions
J&G Productions is a wholly owned subsidiary of J&G Unlimited, LLC, a theatrical licensing firm representing the writing and composing team of Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway. For additional information, please visit our website at: http://www.TLCScripts.com
About Final Approach Restaurant
The Final Approach Restaurant serves fine dining at a reasonable price. The food is exceptional and the menu is expansive, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition to their restaurant, they have a Banquet Facility that can handle up to 650 people for weddings, parties, events, conventions, and more. (www.finalapproachrestaurant.com)
LENGTH: 1 hour, 30 minutes
(not including intermission or scene changes)
Maxine and Charlotte are sisters. Two buxom and full figured women who have worked hard all their lives and never quite gotten out of “Trailer Park” status. Although they have a tough exterior, they are actually very good people.
Maxine’s husband has just died of a sudden heart attack while he was on the road with their brand new Peterbilt Truck. Maxine reveals to Charlotte that Nelson’s heart attack could not have come at a worse time. They just bought the new rig, and Maxine is left in debt up to her eyeballs.
Trying to help, yet feeling at a loss, Charlotte says, “It’s a shame you can’t just pick up where Nelson left off.” Charlotte, of course does not really mean it, but Maxine suddenly figures… “Why NOT?” And so the adventure begins! And, while they’re at it, they will take Nelson’s ashes with them, hoping to find just the right place to spread them where he would be most happy.
The two women, assisted by Maxine’s loveable yet intensely micromanaging neighbor, Mary Ellen, pack the truck and take off on their first run. They get off to a bad start by taking a wrong turn and creating a major incident in a “NO TRUCK ZONE,” but soon feel reassured when they meet “Sugar Daddy” on the CB radio followed by Roy McCoy, a strange little guy with very big feet. Is it true what they say about a man with big feet?
Things get complicated they meet a hooker named Trixie at Rosie Mae’s Truck Stop. It seems Trixie knew Nelson quite well and Maxine is not amused. It now becomes painfully apparent that they have found just the right spot for Nelson’s ashes. In a roaring fury, Maxine locks herself in the Ladies Room, gives her farewell speech and flushes Nelson down the toilet. After all, he loved the water, the ladies and Rosie Mae’s Truck Stop. What could be more perfect?
With Maxine finally reaching “Closure”, the two women climb back aboard their shiny new truck and take to the road with the goal of putting their past behind them and looking forward to what lies ahead.
LOOK OUT… Here come the Mother Truckers. “The road” will never be the same again!