Bay City's Whistling Idiots take on British farce 'Move Over Mrs. Markham'Courtesy of M-Live - Published: January 26, 2013 at 12:04 PM BAY CITY, MI — Phillip and Joanna Markham have dinner plans. Their friends, Linda and Henry Lodge have plans too – just not with each other.
However, their plans do include the Markham flat.
It seems Henry has persuaded Phillip, his business partner, to let him use the flat while the couple are out. Linda requested the same of Joanna.
This British farce, “Move Over Mrs. Markham,” by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, is the February offering by the Whistling Idiots Comedy Dinner Theatre.
Robert Graczyk Jr., once again taking the directors reins, says it's been about 20 years since the play was done in the area.
How funny is this play? Graczyk says when it comes to longest laugh sequences in a farce, it is in the top three. It has a little something to do with mistaken identity.
Sorry, Wrong Chimney' comes to Bay City's Whistling Idiots stageCourtesy of M-Live - Published: November 25, 2012 at 9:11 AM BAY CITY, MI — Is David cheating on Samantha?
Is the notorious Santa Claus burglar secretly in love Samantha?
Is the policeman called in to sort out the mess actually a male stripper?
It's a lot to sort out.
Leave it to the Whistling Idiots theater group when it presents the comedy “Sorry, Wrong Chimney,” beginning Friday, Nov. 30.
The plot unfolds in a New York City apartment and centers around David and Samantha. It seems David has been working late — or has he?
When Samantha calls his office and finds out he's not there, she thinks he is cheating on her. Enlisting the aid of friend Natalie Weldon's husband, Dr. William Weldon, a psychiatrist, who is said to be well versed in hypnotism, she hopes to have David hypnotized to fall back in love with her.
But, the good doctor isn't as proficient at hypnotism as first thought, with his first attempt misfiring, hitting Kris Kreigle, the notorious Santa Claus burglar instead.
Whistling Idiots prep for second season with 'Escanaba'Courtesy of Midland Daily News - Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 12:17 pm
A group of area theater veterans are using a century-old building to share some laughs and good food.
The Whistling Idiots Comedy Dinner Theatre in Bay City is about to start its second season with a production of Jeff Daniel’s Yooper tale “Escanaba in Da Moonlight.”
The former Church of Christ Scientist building serves as the theater, seating about 120 for dinner and a show. It’s an building full of character with its ivy-covered exterior, stained glass windows throughout and a unique dome in the theater itself.
The theater (which gets its name from a nickname owner Steve Steer had when he was younger) got its start as a series of dinner shows performed at the then-Hereford and Hops in Bay City.
“I’ve had this dream ever since I started with the Bay City Players,” Steer said of the dinner theater concept. He and others used what they learned doing shows at the Players and the Midland Center for the Arts to bring dinner theater to Bay City.
“They made us who we are — they made us the actors we are,” Steer said.
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