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‘Jeeves in Bloom’ opens at Taproot on Friday

January 29th, 2013 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., presents “Jeeves in Bloom” from Feb. 1-March 2 (previews Wednesday and Thursday).

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Randy Scholz, Matt Shimkus and Aaron Lamb. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Peace. Tranquility. The English countryside. Then Bertie Wooster pays a visit. While ducking romance, fleeing a cleaver-wielding chef and burgling his uncle, Bertie’s trail of mischief and mayhem is set right by his unflappable valet, Jeeves. Based on characters created by author P.G. Wodehouse…

Wodehouse’s Jeeves series is considered by many to be some of the most humorous writing in the English language. The characters rose in popularity and were made infamous in the 1990’s BBC comedy series, Jeeves and Wooster, starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. The Jeeves character also inspired the phrase “right ho, Jeeves” and the internet search engine, askjeeves.com. Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was a master of English prose who was admired by his contemporaries and successors alike.

Taproot Theatre’s production of Jeeves in Bloom is directed by Associate Artistic Director Karen Lund and features Matt Shimkus as Jeeves and Aaron Lamb as Bertie Wooster, accompanied by the talented Marianna de Fazio, Stephen Grenley, Parker Matthews, Kim Morris and Randy Scholz. The production team includes scenic and sound designer Mark Lund, costume designer Sarah Burch Gordon and lighting designer Roberta Russell. Micah Lynn Trapp serves as stage manager, Christine Marie Brown as dialect coach and Tina Polzin as dramaturg.

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Taproot Theatre now selling subscriptions for 2013 season

October 28th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., is now selling subscriptions for its 2013 season, which runs from January through October (single tickets go on sale in January).

Jeeves in Bloom – Adapted by Margaret Raether from the stories of P.G. Wodehouse
Feb 1 – Mar 2, Previews January 30 & 31

Peace. Tranquility. The English countryside. Ahhh … Then Bertie Wooster pays a visit. While ducking romance, fleeing a cleaver-wielding chef and burgling his uncle, Bertie’s trail of mischief and mayhem is set right by his unflappable valet, Jeeves. Based on characters created by author P.G. Wodehouse, this confectionary treat is a delightful respite from the daily grind.

The Whipping Man -  By Matthew Lopez
Mar 29 – April 27, Previews March 27 & 28

Can loyalty and freedom coexist? A Jewish Confederate soldier returns from war to his house in shambles. Two former slaves greet him, one who stayed and one who is returning. As they observe Passover and remember the Jewish exodus from Egypt their shared pasts and secrets threaten the freedom of all three men.

Bach at Leipzig – By Itamar Moses
May 17 – June 15, Previews May 15 & 16

Leipzig, 1722. Germany’s most renowned music director is dead at the keyboard. As the country’s greatest organists descend to vie for the job, melodies of rivalry, trickery, and blackmail compose a fugue of plots and counterplots. Rooted in history but reveling in flights of fiction Bach at Leipzig is deliciously scored with wild and witty revelations.

Illyria – Book, Music and Lyrics by Peter Mills, Adapted by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
July 12 – Aug 10, Previews July 10 & 11

This musical adaptation of Twelfth Night has all the hilarious hijinks and unrequited love of Shakespeare’s famous comedy. A mistaken identity sets off a chain of events that has everything topsy-turvy. As these classic characters sing of romance and shenanigans, you’ll be transported to a mythical land of love.

The Matchmaker – By Thornton Wilder
Sept 20 – Oct 19, Previews Sept 18 & 19

Thornton Wilder’s hit comedy about love, money and the love of money has matchmaking busybody Dolly Levi brokering true love for a wealthy businessman. Will anyone get what their heart desires? Unlikely circumstances and hilarious complications bring surprises at every corner in this play that inspired Hello, Dolly!

Patrons can buy tickets online or through the box office at 206-781-9707 or email box@taproottheatre.org. The box office is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5 p.m., and until show time on performance nights.

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