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PERFORMANCES PRESENTED BY OIL LAMP THEATER (Scroll down to see entire season)

LONE STAR / LAUNDRY AND BOURBON (Comedy)
By James McLure
Runs March 5th through April 19th
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm. Sunday matinees at 3pm.
This Spring, Glenview’s Oil Lamp Theater is pleased to present two plays depicting life in a sleepy Texas town. Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon, by James McLure, both seem to show us a simpler life, but the slow-burning drama that simmers under the surface eventually bubbles up and we are shown a more complicated story. The plays will premier on March 5th and run through April 19th.



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In Lone Star, heavy-drinking Vietnam veteran Roy (played by Evan Johnson) offers his unique perspective on the world, mostly to his naïve younger brother Ray (portrayed by Joe Boersma). Roy shares his thoughts on a myriad of topics, namely his car, his wife Elizabeth, and the other characters in their town (notably Cletis, played by Michael Dalberg, a nervous man who Roy loathes). As he waxes philosophical and shares stories from the war, he reveals a sensitive soul that is unmoored after his stint on the battlefield and struggling to re-acclimate to life in his small Texas hometown.

Laundry and Bourbon offers us the world from Elizabeth’s (Roy’s wife) perspective. The play takes place as Roy’s wife (played by Lexi Saunders) is folding laundry and sipping bourbon and Cokes with her friend Hattie (who will be portrayed by Sara Heller). As the two of them engage in idle gossip, the turmoil of Elizabeth’s troubled marriage to Roy is slowly uncovered. They are joined by Amy Lee (played by Lauren Lichtenstein) who self-righteously reveals that Roy has been spotted around town with another woman. As the plot continues to twist and turn, we see Elizabeth’s true nature – and the true nature of her relationship with Roy.

Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon offer the audience two sides of the same coin. Through two very different characters, we see the intimate details of life in a small Texas town during a time of unrest and uncertainty in America. Their unique perspectives and heartfelt monologues reveal the beauty and tragedy of everyday life, not just for them, but for every person. And as the plays unfold we realize that life for these characters and for America at large will never be the same again.

The production will be directed by Elizabeth Lovelady and stage managed by Becca Holloway.

*Intended for mature audiences only. Contains scenes of a sexual nature and some strong language.

LATER LIFE (Comedy)
By A.R. Gurney (Sylvia Playwright)
Runs April 30th through June 14th
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm. Sunday matinees at 3pm.
Austin has spent his entire life convinced that something terrible is bound to happen to him. One night, at a party, he has the pleasure of rekindling a romance begun almost thirty years ago with Ruth. Comically, and sometimes painfully, these two people rediscover each other and themselves while a bevy of free-spirited other guests rally behind them and remind them of the infinite possibilities that life holds, should one only choose to pursue them.

NEVER THE BRIDESMAID (Comedy)
By Bill Jepsen
Runs June 25th through July 26th
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm
Maria and Anthony are twins who've been damaged by love. Widowed once and divorced twice, Maria longs for a relationship but feels the stigma of a "three-time loser." Dumped by his fiancé four years earlier, Anthony hasn't dated since. Each has a lot to say about the other's love life, but both are floundering in their own—while preparing for the 40th anniversary of their parents' perfect marriage.

BLEACHER BUMS (Comedy)
By Joe Mantegna
Runs August 6th through September 13th
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm
In the bleachers at Chicago's Wrigley Field, die hard Cub fans root for their team. The group includes a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio, a bathing beauty, a nerd, and various other bleacher denizens. As the game proceeds, they bet among themselves on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and, occasionally, watch the game.

JEST A SECOND (Comedy)
By James Sherman (Beau Jest Playwright)
Runs September 24th through November 1st
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm
In the follow-up to the heartwarming farce “Beau Jest,” Sarah's brother Joel fears telling their parents he's gay. So once again Bob comes to the rescue, donning an outfit to play Joel's perfect, if somewhat butch, Jewish girlfriend.

 

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