Theater & Dance
TAMWORTH — Ken Ludwig's comedy "Leading Ladies" runs July 24 – 28 at The Barnstormers Theatre.
When two down-and-out Shakespearean actors playing the "Moose Lodge circuit" in Pennsylvania, learn of an elderly woman's desire to leave her fortune to her British nephews, the thespians seize the opportunity to cash in and pretend to be the heirs. When they learn the wealthy matriarch's nephews are in fact nieces, they rise to the occasion with heels, wigs, dresses, and a few tucks.
"Comedic playwright Ken Ludwig twists the men-in-drag theme in such a unique way that it transcends other works in this area," artistic director Bob Shea said. "If you liked his 'Lend Me a Tenor [Barnstormers, 2011],' you'll love 'Leading Ladies.' It's one of the funniest plays out there."
Lead actors Michael Kirby and Graciany Miranda, both first-time Barnstormers from New York City, join Barnstormers favorites Jordan Ahnquist (Huck in "Big River"), Dale Place, Kelly Rypkema and George Piehl. Former Barnstormers theatre director Clayton Phillips returns to Tamworth to direct this production.
Located in the historic village of Tamworth, The Barnstormers Theatre is the only professional summer theatre in the world that still adheres to the tradition of eight plays in eight weeks. Founded in 1931, the theatre is air-conditioned with tiered, comfortable seating. One of New Hampshire's three Equity theaters, The Barnstormers presents outstanding professional summer theatre with a new show each week in July and August.
Tickets cost $10 to $32. Fridays are "family nights" with specially-priced, same-day tickets for families including one person 18 or younger. For tickets and more information, visit www.barnstormerstheatre.org or call 323-8500.