Thursday, January 22, 2009

In the Wings: The Man Who Came to Dinner. Meet Arliss Jeffries.

Arliss Jeffries plays Sheridan Whiteside, the title character 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.

"Sheridan Whiteside is beloved by his radio audience because he has a mellifluous voice and tells great stories. In reality, he is a gigantic, spoiled brat," Arliss said. "He is everything that is the opposite of what the public thinks of him. He is petulant, petty and an incredible snob. He is a child. He believes that only he is important in the household he is visiting, and the others are 'little people' there to serve him."

One of the reasons Arliss auditioned for the production is that Linda, his wife, was interested in being in a show with him. Linda plays Mrs. McCutcheon in the show.

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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