Chagrin Falls theater stages 'Twentieth Century'

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"Twentieth Century," a musical comedy by Ken Ludwig, and adapted from the classic Ben Hecht & Charles Macarthur comedy can be seen at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre through June 21.

The play is directed by Barbara L. Rhoades.

Set in 1933 on the Twentieth Century Limited train from Chicago to New York City, "Twentieth Century" is a story of 'Broadway ballyhoo meets Hollywood hustle.' The comedy centers around Oscar Jaffe (Tim Walsh), the desperate theater producer who will do anything to get the signature of his ex-lover and star actress Lily Garland (Grace Mannarino) on a contract for his latest play. He will lie, cheat, and even pretend to be dying to bring the star back from Hollywood to Broadway, and back to his side. Trying to make sense of the chaos are his long time assistants Webb (Natalie Dolezal) and O'Malley (Jerry Schaber). Also on board are Lily's new lover George (Lance King), Max (another ex-lover and producer, played by Stephen Kay) and Myrtle (Doreen Lazarus-Harris) a religious fanatic looney who has escaped from an institution. Tom Hill appears as Dr. Lockwood with Keri Lambert as his mistress Anita, Andrew Bores appears as Beard and the Detective, and James Harris and Cody Steele guide the train as Conductor and Porter.

"Twentieth Century" plays on CVLT's Main Stage at 40 River St. in Chagrin Falls' Theatre District, with performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $18 regular, $14 students and seniors. The show is not recommended for children due to adult themes and suggestive language.

Tickets for all CVLT productions can be purchased online at CVLT.org or by phone at 440-247-8955 between 1 and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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