ACTORS announces Season 62, ‘Dimensions of Comedy’

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times

The Ames Community Theater (ACTORS) announced the shows for its 62nd season, “Dimensions of Comedy.” These five shows reflect different kinds of comedy, but all of them will be a treat for the audience.

The season starts with “The Cemetery Club” by Ivan Menchell. This poignant comedy tells the story of Ida, Lucille and Doris. They are widows that meet every month for tea and a trip to the cemetery to visit the graves of their passed husbands. Things change when Sam, the local butcher, starts paying attention to Ida, and they work at a second chance at love. The result is an evening of pure pleasure that will make you glad you went to the theater. The Cemetery Club opens Sept. 15, and runs for five performances over two weekends.

“Forbidden Broadway Greatest Hits: Volume 1” will kick off your holiday season. Written by Gerard Alessandrini, this satirical musical comedy is a spoof of all your favorite Broadway musicals. You will laugh with this hilarious musical review. Forbidden Broadway parodies some of the iconic characters, stars and songwriters of Broadway. From “Annie” and “Les Miserables” to Carole Channing and Stephen Sondheim, nothing is sacred. Forbidden Broadway opens Nov. 17 and runs Thanksgiving weekend.

Jack Sharkey is known for his outlandish farces, and “The Murder Room” will not disappoint. It is a spoof of all British crime thrillers. In the style of Agatha Christie and Monty Python, there is fast-paced, witty dialogue, hidden compartments and non-stop laughs. Don’t miss this who-dun-it. The Murder Room opens on Jan. 26, 2018, and runs for five performances.

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang is a quirky comedy about family relationships and a boy toy. Vanya, Sonia and Masha share a weekend together with Masha’s boy-toy, Spike. The result is rivalry, regret and wry humor. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a sweet, witty play with a pop culture attitude. This 2013 Tony Award Winner for Best Play opens March 30 and runs for two weekends.

Dolly Parton wrote the music, but you will be singing along during “9 to 5 The Musical.” Three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with their “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot” boss. The women take over the office and learn that there is nothing that they can’t do, even in a man’s world. Pull on your polyester pantsuit and enjoy the revenge and friendships. 9 to 5 The Musical opens June 8 for seven performances.

Season tickets will be available at the discounted price of $75 at the performances of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” The Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau has generously given ACTORS a grant to purchase hors d’oeuvres for a pre-show party before every performance of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. So, audiences are encouraged to come early, enjoy a snack and get their season ticket and ACTORS membership. Tickets to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are available online at or at Ali Cakes on Main Street in Ames.

ACTORS is nonprofit, amateur theater for the people of Ames and the surrounding area. This all-volunteer theater welcomes everyone to come audition or work on a show. Community members are encouraged to join in on the fun.