“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.
Sheboygan Falls WI: The J&G Gypsies are once again on stage at the Final Approach Dinner Theatre in Sheboygan Falls Wisconsin, performing the Sapperstein & Murway comedy, “Friends in High Places.”
Directed by Sheboygan’s own Ralph Maffongelli, aliens from the planet Quirdmut land on the Mall in Washington DC seeking our help, but wind out having to deal with our corrupt politicians to get it solved.
“This is a funny play that’s great for the whole family,” shared Ralph Maffongelli. “We welcome to the stage in starring roles, Randy Stache as President Arnot Thinkinear; Chris Fontaine as Powers Wayning; and Mike Roehl as General Geroge S. Trojan.”
Returning to the Final Approach stage with the J&G Gypsies is Susan Chambers Johnson as the alien Foit, Kevin Horne as the news reporter Chase Storyman and Tamara Richelle Pool as reporter Lilac Hellowitz. Joining them is Randall Stache as President Arnot Thinkineer, Ben Johnson as the alien Gnudt, Jim Johnson as the alien Loodigun, Danielle Rammer as Lola Clematis, Clarke R. Krist as Shelby Dunn and Pat Forkner as Sunny Day. Costuming and set design by Tony Olson.
Friends in High Places is on stage April 27th, 28th, 29th & then gain May 3rd, 4th & 5th. Tickets are on sale now with good seats still available, with a Matinee performance on April 29th. Enjoy dinner with your show, or just come for the show only.
The aliens from the Planet Quirdmut will be available after the show for photography with the audience. Also available after the show is an audio CD of the journey of our politicians to the planet Quirdmut to build intergalactic diplomatic relations.
Call 1-855-345-5550 (toll free) for tickets and information. Box Office is open until 9pm.
ABOUT THE J&G GYPSIES
The J&G Gypsies, led by Ralph Maffongelli, 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 the J&G website at http://www.TLCScripts.com, or for the Gypsy show schedule.
ABOUT THE 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. To learn more, please visit http://www.FinalApproachRestaurant.com.
Ralph Maffongelli follows up one successful show at the Final Approach Restaurant with another that promises to be much funnier than the last, “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus!”
Sheboygan Falls Wisconsin, January 28th, 2012 – The reviews are in from the December 2011 performance of Sapperstein & Murway’s “Love and Merger,” performed at the Final Approach Restaurant at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport and directed by Sheboygan’s own Ralph Maffongelli.
“We had a good time, it was wonderful! We enjoyed the show and look forward to many more,” was the general theme of audience comments shared with Ralph after their performance of Regal’s.
Now, with this show under their belts, Ralph and the J&G Gypsies have announced their 2012 show calendar, already taking ticket orders for February’s performance of “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus!” starring Kevin Horne and Eileen McCormick-Kelm as “Man” and “Woman.”
“As a theatrical director, I have read many new scripts, some requested and some not. The vast majority of them were so poorly written, that I could not figure out how people could put their names on them let alone submit them for production. That was NOT the case with any of the Sapperstein & Murway works I’ve had the pleasure of reading, however,” shared Ralph in a recent interview.
“There is something for everyone in this show [Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus], which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.” – Stage Magazine, May 2013
When asked about why he chose this work as the answer to audience’s demand for more shows, Ralph had to say, “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus really caught my eye. Written as a modern, up-to-date Adam and Eve story, the piece is well conceived, unified and consistent. The characters are believable because their actions and objectives are well motivated and the dialogue is not only convincing, but flows smoothly. Most importantly, the dramatized situation – within the convention initially established – is very plausible. We witness a beautiful relationship develop between Man and Woman in a very gradual and very believable manner. But the literary elements and carefully constructed structure are utilized not for their own sake, but to create a totally light-hearted, audience-friendly, easy to enjoy comedy. Laughter is the objective and the technique is never allowed to get in the way of the purpose of the piece. The situations, in which the characters find themselves and their reactions, are written in such a universal way that audiences will certainly relate to them, but will also find them hysterically funny.”
“Ralph and J&G are working to create a new model for theatre presentation, one that’s all about the audience and their desire to simply have a good time. We are not here to be ‘artsy’ or ‘over-dramatized’. We just want to have fun and we want to do it with our audiences. We encourage our actors to ‘play’ with the audience in order to enhance their entertainment experience and make them feel a part of it all,” shared Judith Sapperstein, one-half of Sapperstein & Murway.
“So many of our audience members pulled me aside after the show’s in December to thank us for bringing something fun and new to them, that they’re so very tired of the same old works being done over and over again,” Judith stated.
In answer to audience demand, the 2012 season begins just in time for Valentine’s Day, February 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 17th and 18th with Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus. Tickets are on sale now by calling toll free, 215-345-5550. Dinner, the show, tax and gratuity are all inclusive in the price of a ticket and group rates are available.
“In April, we begin to bring new musicals to our wonderful audience, starting with Bloomin! a work that holds a very special place in my heart,” concludes Judith. To learn more about the show schedule and what each show is all about, you are asked to please visit the J&G Gypsy website.
ABOUT THE J&G GYPSIES
The J&G Gypsies, led by Ralph Maffongelli, 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 the J&G website at http://www.TLCScripts.com.
ABOUT THE 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. To learn more, please visit http://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!
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