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Actors Circle presents comedy ‘A Bad Year for Tomatoes’ at Providence Playhouse in Scranton Oct. 25-Nov. 4

Actors Circle presents comedy ‘A Bad Year for Tomatoes’ at Providence Playhouse in Scranton Oct. 25-Nov. 4
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From a press release:

Community theatre group Actors Circle continues its 37th season with the comedy “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright John Patrick at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton on Thursday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 4.

Directed by Art Walsh, the show is a lighthearted farce in which a television actress fed up with her career, leases a cottage in the tiny hamlet of Beaver Haven in order to write her autobiography. But she doesn’t get the peace and quiet she seeks, as each time she sits down to dictate her memoirs on a little tape recorder, someone shows up at her door or in her living room.

Cast members include Kelly Ann Walsh, Chris Eibach, KK Gordon, Carol Davis, Lorrie Loughney, Willa Mae Wilcox, Justin O’Hearn, and a special appearance by Warren Cox.

“A Bad Year for Tomatoes” runs at the Providence Playhouse (1256 Providence Rd., Scranton) on Thursdays though Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. on Oct. 25, 26, 27, and 28 and Nov. 1, 2, 3, and 4. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students, with the exception of Thursday, Oct. 25, when tickets are $8 for general admission and seniors and $6 for students.

For reservations, call 570-342-9707 or e-mail Reservations are held 10 minutes until showtime.

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.