2017-2018 Season

The COM Community Theatre announces the upcoming 2017-2018 season:

For a schedule and description of each production, continue reading.

  • "Talley's Folly" by Lanford Wilson
  • "Eurydice" by Sarah Ruhl
  • "Lucky Stiff" Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Music by Stephen Flaherty
  • "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
  • "God's Man in Texas" by David Rambo
  • "Cry-Baby: The Musical" Book by Thomas Meehan & Mark O'Donnell, Music and Lyrics by Adam Schlesinger & David Javerbaum

For a schedule and description of each production, continue reading.

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Talley's Folly

Sept. 14 – Oct. 1, 2017
Tickets go on sale: Aug. 1, 2017

by Lanford Wilson / Winner 1980 Pulitzer Prize and NY Drama Critics’ Circle Award!

The time: 1944. The place: a deserted boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri. Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible but uncertain daughter of the family. Bookish, erudite, totally honest and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally's rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. Charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses, telling his innermost secrets and, in return, learning hers as well. Gradually he tries to awaken Sally to the possibilities of a life together as two "lame ducks" who may find a wholeness rare in human relationships.

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Nov. 2–19, 2017
Tickets go on sale: Sept. 26, 2017

by Sarah Ruhl / 2003 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama

On her wedding day Eurydice falls victim to a tragic accident that sends her hurtling on a journey into a wonderland of an underworld. Awakening in a strange new world, she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. Orpheus journeys to retrieve his bride, but Eurydice has begun to discover that the cost of living can sometimes exceed the cost of staying dead. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.

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Lucky Stiff

Jan. 25 – Feb. 11, 2018
Tickets go on sale: Nov. 21, 2017

Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Music by Stephen Flaherty

“Lucky Stiff” is an offbeat, hilarious musical murder mystery, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn ... or his uncle's gun-toting, mob-connected ex-girlfriend. Featuring a tuneful Flaherty and Ahrens score, an ensemble cast of zany characters, “Lucky Stiff” is sure to charm and delight!

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Of Mice and Men

April 5 – April 22, 2018
Tickets go on sale: Feb. 13, 2018

by John Steinbeck / Winner of the 1938 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award

In Steinbeck’s classic American tragedy, two drifting dreamers, George and his friend Lennie, land at a ranch to work and save for their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man, and George is his sole protector. His promise to allow Lennie to "tend to the rabbits" on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as he needs constant reassurance. One reckless moment alters their fate, though, and George is faced with a disturbing moral question that will change their partnership forever.

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God’s Man In Texas

May 17 – June 3, 2018
Tickets go on sale: April 24, 2018

by David Rambo

Faith and egos collide in the age of mass-market religion at Houston's Rock Baptist Church, "the Baptist Super Bowl.” A search committee has been formed to find a successor to Rock's legendary pastor, 81-year-old Philip Gottschall. Gottschall protects what he has spent a lifetime building by backing young Jeremiah Mears as his replacement, but as Jerry gains a foothold, Gottschall's grip on his pulpit becomes as firm as his faith. When Hugo, the pastor’s soundman, and Jerry discover their lives are astonishingly linked by past events, Gottschall fears their alliance and becomes haunted by "whisperings and secrets." As the struggle among this trinity of men climaxes, there is a sacrifice, a resurrection and, finally, salvation as God whispers to a listening heart.

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Cry-Baby: The Musical

July 12 – July 29, 2018
Tickets go on sale: June 5. 2018

Book by Thomas Meehan & Mark O’Donnell, Music and Lyrics by Adam Schlesinger & David Javerbaum

It's 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He's a bad boy with a good cause – truth, justice and the pursuit of rock and roll. Cry-Baby and the rich girl, Allison, are star-crossed lovers at the center of this world. Fueled by hormones and the new rhythms of rock and roll, she turns her back on her squeaky-clean boyfriend, Baldwin, to be with Cry-Baby. Baldwin is the king of the squares and leads his close-harmony pals against the juvenile delinquents. It's Romeo and Juliet meets High School Hellcats. Filled with unforgettable songs and a fresh story, “Cry-Baby” will dance its way into the audience's heart!

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