Brody Smith, left, and Eric Valle perform a scene from "Leading Ladies," a comedy to be staged by the Howard College Theater Department this weekend. (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan)
The Howard College Theater Department has determined that it's time to get farcical.
To open its season, the department will present â€śLeading Ladiesâ€ť â€” a comedy of errors similar in tone to the classic Jack Lemmon/Tony Curtis/Marilyn Monroe movie, â€śSome Like It Hotâ€ť â€” Friday through Sunday at the Hall Center for the Arts on the HC campus.
Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a Sunday matinee scheduled for 2 p.m. Admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Theater Department Director Kirk Davidson said the play will appeal to fans of comedy.
â€śThe play is set in 1958 and involves two out-of-work Shakespearian actors who find out a woman is going to leave her fortune to two people named Max and Steve, so they decide to impersonate Max and Steve,â€ť Davidson said. â€śWhat they don't find out until later is that Max and Steve are short for Maxine and Stephanie.â€ť
There's plenty of female impersonation, gender-bending and double entendre going on here, but the show's heart is in the right place, Davidson said.
â€śIt's really inspired by 'Some Like It Hot,' and the way Billy Wilder made it innocent even with the double entendres,â€ť he said. â€śEven with the guys in dresses, it's clear they don't want to be in dresses â€” they want to be near the women in the dresses â€¦ I guess you can say this is rated PG-13.â€ť