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22 actresses gossip and backstab in ‘The Women’ at Providence Playhouse in Scranton March 23-April 2

22 actresses gossip and backstab in ‘The Women’ at Providence Playhouse in Scranton March 23-April 2
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From a press release:

Actors Circle will present the comedic drama “The Women” by Clare Boothe Luce, directed by Ted LoRusso, at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton on Thursday, March 23 through Sunday, April 2.

A bevy of 22 talented actresses inhabit extraordinary lives in this venomously funny 1930s comedy about marriage, gossip, divorce, and friendship among a group of gleefully backstabbing ladies who lunch. This show was adapted into a 1939 film of the same name starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Rosalind Russell and remade in 2008 with stars Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar, Bette Midler, and Candice Bergen.

The show runs at the Providence Playhouse (1256 Providence Rd., Scranton) on March 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, and 31 and April 1 and 2. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, it begins at 8 p.m., and on Sundays, it starts at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students. On opening night, Thursday, March 23, tickets are $8 for general admission and seniors and $6 for students. Reservations can be made by calling 570-342-9707 or e-mailing and are held up until 10 minutes before showtime.

The principle cast includes Marnie Azzarelli, Deborah Buck, Heather Burdick, Rebekah Conrad, April Holgate, Jennifer Frey, Leba Lanton, Brink Powell, Liz Stanton, and Katie Von Bergen. The ensemble includes Dorine Armendola, Lisa Benedict, Kayla Conrad, Jane Foy, Grace Harvey, Kate Hurley, Maribeth LoRusso, Lorrie Loughney, Meg Roche, Melanie Speakman, Cathy Rist Strauch, and Amanda Van Buskirk.

Carol Davis serves as the stage manager. Director Ted LoRusso is a Scranton native playwright who has also been living in New York City. Several of his works have been presented in New York, as well as in Scranton at Actors Circle’s Providence Playhouse and the annual Scranton Fringe Festival.