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Published on February 14, 2017 3:08PM

Steve Lewis and John Pickering as the pondering playwrights

Steve Lewis and John Pickering as the pondering playwrights

Richard Coon as Detective Berry

Richard Coon as Detective Berry

Val Braun as Jill, Steve Lewis and John Pickering as the playwrights and Richard Coon as Detective Berry

Val Braun as Jill, Steve Lewis and John Pickering as the playwrights and Richard Coon as Detective Berry


Life imitates art with fatal consequences this Friday, Feb. 17, as the curtain goes up on “A Sting in the Tale,” the latest production from the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts.

Written by Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner, “A Sting in the Tale” follows playwrights Nigel Forbes and Max Goodman — once-successful crime writers who are now struggling to write their next hit show. While the pair are trying to come up with new plot ideas, Forbes’ wife, Ann, barges into the room, complaining bitterly about their lack of inspiration and their drain on the bank account. Feeding off the animosity of Ann’s nagging, Forbes and Goodman start writing the perfect murder — of Ann. But when the writing of the new play and reality get confused, their secretary, Jill, gets killed by mistake. Star struck Detective Berry arrives and gets mixed up in the mess, facing questions including “Who is the body in the trunk?” and “Who got buried under the guesthouse?”

TAPA newcomers Steve Lewis and John Pickering star as Forbes and Goodman, joined by Anita O’Hagan as Ann. O’Hagan was most recently in last summer’s TAPA hit “Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike!” TAPA’s Val Braun plays Jill the secretary while Richard Coon, another TAPA veteran, plays Detective Berry.

“A Sting in the Tale” is directed by Chris Chiola and produced by Diane Cross.

The play’s three-week run begins with a gala performance at 7 pm on Friday, Feb. 17, and continues with 7 pm performances every Friday and Saturday, plus two matinée performances at 2 pm on Sunday, Feb. 26, and March 5.

All performances take place in the Barn Community Playhouse is located at 1204 Ivy Street, on the corner of 12th and Ivy, adjacent to Les Schwab Tires.

Tickets, $15 per person or $10 for children under 12, are on sale at Diamond Art Jewelers, 307 Main Street, Tillamook, or by calling 503-842-7940.

For more information, email info@tillamooktheater.com.





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