MARTINEZ, Calif. – OnStage Theatre will soon perform their rendition of the spirited comedy, “Let Me Hear You Smile,” at downtown Martinez’s very own Campbell Theater.
The play revolves around the difficulties of love and marriage through youth, menopause, and senility. Faced with these problems are “Hannah,” her husband “Neil” and her brother “Willy.”
The play works life backwards. The first introduction to the characters is when they prepare for retirement in the 1970s; they’re next seen in the 1940s as they approach middle-age, and finally as children in the early 1900s.
The comedy stars local players Sheilah Morrison as “Hannah,” Sal Russo as Hannah’s husband, and Wayne McRice as her younger brother. Helen Means directs.
Means said after reading the story, she knew that it was one Campbell Theater audiences would really enjoy. It has lots of humor, but also lots of insight, she said. She also knew she wanted to cast older to become younger as opposed to younger becoming older. It makes a real challenge for the three performers, and so far she is really pleased with the result.
The setting is by Diane McRice, with Randy Nott on lighting, and sound and costumes by C.C. Cardin.
The show will open Saturday, Aug. 22, and continue through Sept. 5. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Aug. 23 and Aug. 30 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $12 for seniors 60 and over. Thursday’s show is $10 for everyone.
For more information, visit the Martinez Campbell Theater’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MartinezCampbellTheater.