Little Theater to present ‘comedic romp’ at dinner theater this weekend

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A comedy of tangled relationships and deception awaits attendees to Roxboro Little Theater’s presentation of Love, Sex & the I.R.S., a dinner theater event being held at Homestead Festival House Feb. 13 and 14.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Festival House, located at 250 Frank Timberlake Rd. in Timberlake. Prior to the show, a social will be held at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. each night. The Saturday night show is sold out.

Tickets are $35 each and can be ordered for the Friday show by calling 336-597-1709 or by visiting the Kirby Gallery at 213 North Main Street in Roxboro, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

In Love, Sex & the I.R.S., Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are out-of-work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married.

The day of reckoning comes when the IRS informs the “couple” that they are going to be investigated.

Thus, Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon’s fiancee Kate. Complicating matters further, Leslie and Kate are having an affair behind Jon’s back, Jon’s mother drops in unexpectedly to meet her son’s fiancee, and Leslie’s ex-girlfriend shows up demanding to know why Leslie has changed and won’t see her anymore.

The show’s director, Rich Henderson, said once the auditor shows up, “things quickly escalate into a comedic romp.”

Personian Margaret McMann plays Jon’s mother Vivian in the show and said of her character, “[Jon] has written me a letter that he is getting married and I immediately show up and want to help with the wedding plans, but the IRS is there investigating Jon’s tax return; therefore, he has to pretend his male roommate Leslie, is Leslie, the woman on his tax return.”

McMann continued, “The show is a comedy of misrepresentations, and throw in a little alcohol, an affair, a guy dressed as a woman, a nosey landlord who doesn’t want married people in his apartments, another girlfriend showing up unexpectedly, the IRS, and you have a million laughs.”

According to Henderson, the show includes both Kirby Theater “regulars,” and some new faces as well.

“Dinner theater is very informal, utilizing a minimalist set,” said Henderson. “A fun evening is in store for diners.”

McMann promised an evening full of light comedy and a chance at times to have some real “belly laughs.”

She added, “Dinner theater can be a little more hard to do than regular stage performance because your audience has just had a great meal and might tend to be a little more relaxed; therefore, you have got to keep the energy up in the show, and the comedy timing has to be right on target to keep the interest.

“We have tried to personalize the show a bit with the setting being in Roxboro.”

Said Kirby Director Erin Ganey-Hill, “The Person County Arts Council strives to present new and fun shows in our community, and we have done it with Love, Sex & the I.R.S. We have an amazing group of talented local actors and actresses, and we are so thrilled that they wanted to make this show happen with us. You don’t want to miss this show.”

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