Don’t dawdle. Take your seats promptly. There isn’t a second to spare as Theatre West raises the curtain on its latest offering, “Better Late,” this Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
This comedy by Larry Gelbart opens with composer Lee Baer forced by his wife, Nora, to take in her ex-husband, Julian, after a recent stroke. Tension builds between the two as Julian makes it more and more difficult for Lee to get any songs written. All the while family and relationship dynamics are tested when Julian and Nora’s son, Billy, reveals that he is going through a divorce of his own. How long will Julian stay and how long will it take until Lee cracks?
Directed by Wes Ryan, the play stars Colette Buchanan as Nora, John Jeans as Lee, George Weber as Julian and Jana Ringhage as Billi-Jo.
Danielle Ryan is assistant director as well as handling lights and sound, while Donna Morris is stage manager.
The play runs through Saturday, Nov. 10, with performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at the cultural center, 540 NE Hwy. 101, with the exception on Friday, Nov. 2, when there will be a dinner theater presentation at The Beach Club and Event Center (see sidebar).
Tickets, $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, and $10 for kids 12 and under, are available online at www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or by calling 541-994-9994. A special group discount is available at $12 per ticket for groups of 10 or more with a pre-paid reservation.
For more information, go to www.theatrewest.com or call 541-994-5663.
Dinner and a show
The Friday, Nov. 2, dinner theater presentation will take place at the Beach Club and Event Center, located at 2020 NE 22nd Street.
For $40 per person, guests will enjoy the live show, plus a buffet dinner of roasted chicken, creamy garlic shrimp, wild rice and Caesar salad with bread and butter. Doors open at 6 pm, with the show beginning at 7:30 pm.
For reservations, call 541-418-5468.