"Leading Ladies" Opens at the Wimberley Playhouse

Don't miss performances of "Leading Ladies" by the Wimberley Players, playing each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from April 17 through May 10, 2009.

In spring, a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love… In "Leading Ladies," opening April 17 at the Wimberley Playhouse, that is only part of the story. This hilarious comedy highlights the adventures of two Shakespearean actors, Jack Gable and Leo Clark, who are quickly tiring of working the Moose belt of Pennsylvania and being poor.

Jack and Leo hear of a sick old woman who is near death and seeking to find her two nephews, to whom she will leave her vast fortune. The two actors decide to pose as the long-lost relatives, only to find out that they aren't nephews, but nieces. Romantic entanglements abound. Leo falls in love with the old lady's niece, Meg, who's engaged to Duncan, the local minister. Throw in an inept old country doctor and his intellectually-challenged son, Butch, boyfriend of Audrey, a roller-skating waitress, and you have the ingredients for a production that will keep you laughing all night long.

The leading men are Alex DeLeon as Jack Gable and David McCullars as Leo Clark; they also portray the leading ladies, Stephanie and Maxine. Character Jack is in love with Audrey and he keeps hugging her all night long while portraying both Jack and Stephanie. Meanwhile, the doctor and Butch fall madly in love with Stephanie.

The cast also includes Katie Combs as Meg, Carl Galante as her cheapskate boyfriend, Duncan, and Rebecca Stokinger as Audrey. Ornery Aunt Florence is played by Carla Daws and the doctor is portrayed by Gary Yowell. Stephen Reynolds is Butch, who recites Shakespearean dialogue way too fast.

Written by Ken Ludwig, directed by David Bisett and produced by Jana White, the gender-bending comedy "Leading Ladies" had its world premiere at the Alley Theatre in Houston in 2004.

The Wimberley Players will perform Leading Ladies April 17 through May 10 at the Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Rd, Wimberley (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.). Tickets can be reserved by calling 512-847-0575, starting April 6. Ticket prices are $15 except for Opening Night ($20). Visa and MasterCard are accepted.