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‘Mary, Mary’ set to perform

The Tahoe Tallac Association will sponsor the comedy”Mary, Mary” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18 and Aug. 24 and 25 at the Valhalla Boathouse Theater. Admission is $15 general, $12 for seniors and $7 for students. For tickets and more information call (530) 541-4975.

“Mary, Mary” is a sparkling, nutty comedy written by Jean Kerr. When the play was showcased it had a long run on Broadway. The play is a 1950s view of marriage gone hilariously awry.

According to Howard Taubman of the New York Times, “You will not be overwhelmed to discover that Mary is contrary and that her trouble is basic insecurity. Seems she has an older sister, a stunner. Oh, the traumatic effect on Mary! In high school she went out for the literary monthly instead of with boys. She learned to compensate for her drabness by being clever. Mary’s marriage, it seems, floundered on the rocks of Mary’s unrelenting sense of humor. All kinds of romantic intrigue follows and it will not be killing any suspense to reveal that true love triumphs.”

Ann Swallow is playing Mary. She is a professional marriage and family counselor and has enjoyed performing since her debut in 1989 at Olive in the “Odd Couple, Female Version.” She has continued to perform in such roles as Ruth in “Blithe Spirit,” Scraps in “Talking With,” Dan in “Aunt Dan and Lemon,” Dr. Armstrong in “Ten Little Indians” and Beth in “California Suite.” Most recently she appeared as Banqou in “Macbeth” and Crazy Harriet in “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”

David Hamilton will perform as Oscar. He is director of theater at Lake Tahoe Community College, where he directs four productions a year. He received an MFA in acting from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in drama from San Diego State. He has performed professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area with theaters such as Berkeley Repertory. Previous roles include Simon in “Jesus Christ Super Star,” Angelo in “Measure for Measure,” Quenton in “After the Fall” and The Caller in “The Flood” by Stravinsky, performed by the San Francisco Symphony.

Tom Callahan, a Valhalla Player who performed in “Private Lives” and “Moon Over Buffalo” is back to play Dirk. Other productions in which Callahan has performed are “Hidden on the Roof,” “Grease,” “Ondive” and “Fesffer’s People.”

Diana Arlington Evans will perform as Tiffany. She started in theater at Lake Tahoe Community College four years ago when she played the role of Emily Brent in “Ten Little Indians.” She has since performed the roles of Bunny in “House of Blue Leaves,” a murderer in “Macbeth” and Maggie in “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”

Kurt Munger is the resident designer, theater tech, shop foreman at Lake Tahoe Community College as well as an adjunct instructor responsible for the technical theater classes. Recent past roles include Beverly in “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” Peter in “Jesus Christ, Super Star” and the Young Man in “Hello Out There.” As faculty advisor of LTCC’s performing arts, Munger makes occasional cameo appearances in their quarterly productions. He is playing the role of Bob.

Stan G. Bautista is director of the play. A 25-year veteran of the stage, his education in the theater reached its apex at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco where he performed in “All the Way Home” on the Geary stage. “Mary, Mary” marks his Lake Tahoe directorial debut, but he may be remembered as George in the Valhalla Boathouse production of “Moon Over Buffalo” and more recently as Banjo in the LTCC production of “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”

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