Starlite Players present “Strange Bedfellows” from July 14-17: Four short comedies explore the funny side of unlikely attractions

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Starlite Players present “Strange Bedfellows” from July 14-17: Four short comedies explore the funny side of unlikely attractions

 

SARASOTA, FL: What unknown force draws people (or things) to one another? Starlite Players explores the funny side of four unlikely attractions in “Strange Bedfellows,” a collection of short comedies that runs on Thursday through Saturday, July 14-16, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the casual, intimate theater upstairs at The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Avenue.

 

The four comedies are:

“You, Me. Me, You.” by Len Cuthbert. Director: Jenny Aldrich Walker. “We’ve changed since high school. Especially you.” At their high school reunion Lexi and Charlie meet again—or is it for the first time? Although they discover that things in high school weren’t as they seemed, they still have good reason to be surprised. (Previous production: Falling Pennies Theatre, U.K., April 2016.)

 

“Potential” by Scott Mullen. Director: Jamie Lee Butrum.

How do you keep a blind date from walking out? Archie decided on a ferry ride, not expecting that another woman onboard would try to hijack his date. The two women argue over Archie and keep upping the ante as they insist that he choose. Archie only wants to escape—but how do you walk off a boat that’s moving across the water? (Premiere production.)

 

“Object of Affection” by Thomas J. Misuraca. Director: Daniel Greene.

Morris and Walt can’t wait to meet their friend Ed’s latest object of affection. Even their decision to be accepting of Ed’s choice doesn’t prepare them for meeting Loni, or the competition for  Loni’s attention. (Previous productions: Cockroach Theatre’s Two Dollar Ten Minutes, Las Vegas, NV; Nylon Fusion Collective’s This Round’s On Us, New York City; Spokane Radio Theatre.)

 

“Ribbing Adam” by Richard J. Budin. (Previous Starlite Players productions by Richard J. Budin: “Wholly Moses,” “Valentine’s Day.”) Director: Jamie Lee Butrum. Clueless Adam comes to life before an impatient God only to learn that his maker will take one of his ribs to give him a partner. Eve is created as planned but her up-to-date outlook ensures that’s the last thing that goes as planned in this comedic spoof with absolutely no religious significance.

 

Starlite Players stages an evening of short, unpublished comedies for one weekend each month and has presented 41 plays since its debut in July 2015. Its focus is on theater professionals from the Tampa Bay area. Tickets at $17.50 include the four plays and a 15% discount on an optional pre- or post-show dinner at The Starlite Room. For show tickets and information: www.starliteplayers.com, [email protected], and 941.587.8290 (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)  Also see the Starlite Players Facebook page. For dinner reservations: 941.702.5613. (Please note the spelling of “Starlite.”)

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