Weathervane Playhouse opens its 80th season with "The Roar of the Greasepaint -- The Smell of the Crowd" by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from Sept 4 to 21.

The play is directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Rupert.

Through a series of sketches and songs served up in a style reminiscent of vaudeville, the audience meets the show's two central characters: the pompous Sir (who represents "the Establishment") and the downtrodden Cocky (who stands in for "the little guy"). Sir and Cocky meet to play "The Game," which symbolizes the eternal struggle between "The Haves" and "The Have Nots."

Because Sir changes and manipulates the rules of The Game, Cocky always ends up with the short end of the stick. Sir's disciple and sidekick, known as The Kid, is eager to learn from his master while keeping an eye on the upstart Cocky, who desperately wants to beat Sir at The Game. As the mighty battle wages between Sir and Cocky, a group of young children known as the Urchins comments through song and dance (as a sort of Greek chorus).

Ultimately, Sir and Cocky are forced to realize that their interdependence is more complicated and thorny.

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