Wednesday, January 21, 2009

In the Wings: The Man Who Came to Dinner. Meet Pamela Adams.

Pamela Adams plays Maggie Cutler in The Man Who Came to Dinner, the third production of the 2008-2009 Mainstage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script was written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

Maggie is the secretary of Sheridan Whiteside, a national celebrity who is visiting Mesalia, Ohio, during the Christmas season.

"Sheridan cannot do anything without Maggie," Pamela said. "Maggie falls in love with Bert Jefferson, who runs the Mesalia newspaper. She decides that she has served her time with Sheridan and it's time to move on to greener pastures. The plot centers on Maggie's desire to leave, but Sheridan not wanting her to go."

Pamela has worked with director Scott Haan in previous productions.

"Scott is a creative director and a very funny guy," she explained. "He brings a spirit of teamwork and camaraderie to the shows he directs. There are serious moments during the rehearsal process, but we also have a lot of fun."

Pamela concluded by explaining the appeal of this classic comedy to contemporary audiences.

"It's fun to look at classic plays because it's nice get a glimpse of yesteryear and take a break from today's hustle and bustle," she said. "Also, there are timeless themes in the play; one person wants something, another person wants the opposite, which raises the question 'What do we do to get what we want in life?'"

The Man Who Came to Dinner opens January 30 and runs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through February 15. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday afternoon shows begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, please call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site.

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