Stow Players' opening show, "Greetings!" will be staged Nov. 2 through 17.
Shows will be Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17.
Phil (Tom Stephan of Stow) and Emily (Lorena Goold of Stow) Gorski are devout Polish Catholics living in a working class section of Pittsburgh. Though retired, Phil finds plenty to do around his problematic house, while Emily blithely prepares for a holiday visit with their older son, Andy (Doug Lillibridge of Twinsburg), and the girl he is bringing home, Randi (Lindsay Bonilla of Cuyahoga Falls). The two parents also have in their care a 30-year-old severely mentally challenged son Mickey (Mike Murphy of Wadsworth), whose entire vocabulary consists of expressions like "Oh, boy!" and "Wow!"
Andy's sweetheart is a a guest who's more like an atom bomb: his soon-to-be-announced fiancé, Randi Stein, is a very likable Jewish atheist/actress/waitress who doesn't speak to her parents.
The family blow-up Andy had hoped to avoid starts heating up and threatens to explode, but Mickey -- with his limited phraseology -- serves as something of a touchstone for the Gorski family. Whenever they need a distraction from one of their seemingly endless family conflicts, they turn to Mickey.
"Greetings!" will be staged at the Players' three-sided stage at the Heritage Barn, 5328 Young Road in Silver Springs Park (back entrance) in Stow. Curtain time is 8 p.m. for Friday and Saturday performances, and 2:30 for the matinee performance Nov. 11.
Reservations can be made by calling the Stow Players box office (voice mail) at 330-655-6051.
General admission tickets are $12, senior citizens and students are $10. A special BOGO - buy one ticket, get one ticket free - is scheduled for opening night Nov. 2. Call the reservations number for more information.
Directing "Greetings!" is a newcomer to the Stow Players Barn, Mark A. Zimmerman of West Akron. Zimmerman has more than 50 plays and musicals on his directing resume, including productions at the Western Reserve Playhouse, Weathervane Playhouse, Coach House Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, the University of Akron, the Firehouse Theatre in Alliance, and Sandstone Summer Theatre in Amherst. He developed and directs the theatre program at Akron's Firestone High School.