Lemon Bay Playhouse Presents “Exit Laughing”
Published: August 24, 2016
For the opening production of its 30th Season, the Lemon Bay Playhouse will present “Exit Laughing” by Paul Elliott. Directed by Peter Ivanov. The show opens on September 7 and runs through September 25, 2016.
This crowd pleasing comedy tells a story about four women. For 30 years, their lives revolved around their weekly “girls” bridge night. But when one of the foursome inconveniently dies, Millie decides to “borrow ” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game. Thus begins one of the most zany and unforgettable nights of their lives! (and yours!)
Peter, the director, says like all good comedies, the characters in “Exit Laughing” have problems. Comic characters keep trying to fix things. This, of course, creates a whole host of other problems and on and on. By the end, the most pressing problems have been resolved, they dust themselves off, and life goes on for the bruised but wiser characters. That last part is the important part. Comedy’s true worth is the lesson that life goes on. We will endure. We will triumph if only through endurance. The serious health benefits of comedy are well known. Comedy releases tension, raises our hopes, and creates a bond between audience members who have been taken on a wild ride by our wonderful actors and a skillful playwright. What an Art form!
And what a great example we have in store for you. There are so many themes in this show, but the central one on which playwright Paul Elliott has hung his play is so timely it seems ripped from the headlines. There are new statistics out that show the number of young people still living at their parents’ homes has exploded. How does this impact the parents? Mr. Elliott’s own life was the inspiration for the crazy shenanigan’s that fall like stars on this Alabama family!
Curtain is at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday and 2:00pm on Sundays.
Plan to see this show soon for the best seats. Information and tickets are available online at www.lemonbayplayhouse.com or by visiting or calling the Box Office at (941) 475-6756 between 10:00am and 2:00pm weekdays and one hour prior to curtain time. Reserved seat tickets are $18. Student tickets are available at $12 each.