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Actors Circle presents comedy ‘Mary, Mary’ at Providence Playhouse in Scranton Nov. 30-Dec. 10

Actors Circle presents comedy ‘Mary, Mary’ at Providence Playhouse in Scranton Nov. 30-Dec. 10
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From a press release:

Community theatre group Actors Circle will present the comedy “Mary, Mary,” written by Scranton native Jean Kerr, at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton on Thursday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 10.

Nine months after they split up, Bob and Mary meet at his New York apartment to sort out some tax matters. A snowstorm forces Mary to spend the night, and the following morning, mutual friend and lawyer Oscar, Hollywood heartthrob and neighbor Dirk Winston, and Bob’s considerably younger fiancé Tiffany, arrive on the scene… and comedy ensues.

Directed by Art Walsh, the cast features Chris Eibach as Bob, Kelly Ann Walsh as Mary, K.K. Gordon as Oscar, Kevin Anthony Duricko as Dirk, and Courtney McCleary as Tiffany.

The Broadway production or “Mary, Mary” opened on March 8, 1961 and became one of the longest-running productions of the decade. Richard L. Breen adapted Kerr’s play for a 1963 film version directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Debbie Reynolds. Born in Scranton in 1922, Kerr was best known for her humorous bestselling book “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” and the plays “King of Hearts” and “Mary, Mary.”

“Mary, Mary” runs at the Providence Playhouse (1256 Providence Rd., Scranton) on Thursdays though Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students, with the exception of Thursday, Nov. 30, when tickets are $8 for general admission and seniors and $6 for students.

For reservations, call 570-342-9707 or e-mail

Actors Circle was formed in 1982. A group of actors was sitting in a circle on the floor of the University of Scranton auditorium and decided on the name for their organization before performing their first production, “The Crucible.” Originally, the group was known as the Jefferson Hall Players, but the University asked them to change the name because there was already a small theater group at the University with that same name.

Over the years, Actors Circle has also performed at other venues, such as the Scranton Cultural Center, the Century Club, the Jewish Community Center, Nay Aug Park, the Everhart Museum, the Lackawanna Children’s Library, the Lackawanna County Courthouse, and the Tripp House.

In 1984, Providence Playhouse became home to Actors Circle. In this small intimate theater, productions such as comedies, dramas, classics, musicals, plays from well-known authors, and obscure, but important playwrights have been performed. Actors Circle has also commissioned original works, such as the adaptation of “Frankenstein” by Scranton native Ted LoRusso and an original play by John McInerney. Other theatrical organizations have also been welcomed to perform in the home of Actors Circle, such as DGM Productions, Inc.

The founders’ mission was to keep live theatre accessible to the general public, as well as to educate and enlighten not only audiences, but actors, directors, technical crew, and stage managers as well. Actors Circle continues to strive to fulfill this goal by providing the community with laughter and thought-provoking performances.