— Hendricks Civic Theatre presents “Amateurs,” written by Tom Griffin and directed by Jim LaMonte, opening May 3 at Longstreet Playhouse and continuing through May 19 (no show May 5).
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Longstreet Playhouse is at 4998 N. C.R. 100 E. in Danville. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and youth. For tickets or more information, call 252-9626.
Following the opening night of the Timberly Troupers’ musical about undertakers, Dorothy and her slightly daft husband, Charlie, host a gathering of actors and friends. The chic opening night party is in another part of town, but into Dorothy’s living room comes a guest list that includes Nathan (a recently divorced high school teacher who is also a very bad ventriloquist), Wayne (better at loving than acting), Jennifer (who has a sure shot at Hollywood stardom), Ernie (one of the troupers’ actors filled with ham and spite), Irene (his out-of-patience wife), Mona (who was in love with Wayne but has since moved on to someone else), and Paul (a well-known drama critic and friend of Dorothy’s who has just broken his rule of never reviewing community theater).
When Paul has a heart attack, he drops his not-yet-published review before being taken to the hospital. The actors read it and confront the harsh reality of a pan. Dorothy’s sweetness and patience rise above Ernie’s bitter tirade, and the others trade barbs and insults as they try to control their emotions. The party becomes the setting where the dreams, loves, failures, and successes of this group are explored with bittersweet humor and the relationship between risk and need is touchingly depicted.