Ripcord, a high-flying comedy @ Carpenter Square Theatre, Oklahoma City [from 8 to 30 September]

Ripcord, a high-flying comedy

8 - 30
20:00 - 22:00

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Carpenter Square Theatre
Venue: 800 W Main (Mailing: 806 W Main), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
Carpenter Square Theatre flies into its 34th Season with “Ripcord,” a comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire, September 8-30, 2017. All performances are at the theater, located at 800 W. Main in downtown Oklahoma City.

Specific performance dates and times over four weeks are: 8 p.m. September 8-9 and 15-16; 7:30 p.m. September 21, 8 p.m. September 22-23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, September 24; 7:30 p.m. September 28 and 8 p.m. September 29-30. The play is rated PG-13.

In “Ripcord,” it is as though “The Odd Couple” meets “The Golden Girls” at the senior living home where a sunny room with a view is prime real estate. Abby is a cantankerous loner at Bristol Place. She cannot afford a private room, but has managed to enjoy one, as she has run off every roommate. When the happy-go-lucky Marilyn moves in, the two ladies mix like oil and water. Abby is riled by Marilyn’s chipper conversations and wants her out, while Marilyn is attracted to Abby’s side of the room, which features a sunny window with a perfect view of the park. Their different desires lead to a bet that quickly escalates into a game of one-upmanship. The seniors’ pranks are hilarious (and sometimes dangerous!), and eventually reveal some hidden truths that each lady would prefer to stay hidden.

Director Rhonda Clark leads the cast that stars Linda McDonald as crabby Abby and Lilli Bassett as sunny Marilyn. They are joined by Mark Fairchild as Scotty, a caregiver at Bristol Place, Erica Tschida as Marilyn’s quirky daughter, Matthew Moreillon as Marilyn’s put-upon son-in-law, and Derek Kenney as Abby’s surprise visitor. In addition, the supporting players portray other characters that contribute to the series of pranks that the ladies play on each other. Dillon Royal serves as the production stage manager. Ben Hall is in charge of the set, Jay C. Schardt is lighting designer, and Ms. Clark also serves as the costume designer.

Playwright Lindsay-Abaire is a favorite of Carpenter Square, with the theater having produced five other plays of his. Local audiences may remember “Good People” and “Rabbit Hole,” two of his more dramatic works that received prestigious awards, but also his whimsical comedies, such as “Fuddy Meers,” “Wonder of the World,” and “Kimberly Akimbo.” In “Ripcord,” he returns to his earlier comedic style.

“Ripcord” is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Allied Arts, and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Season Sponsors include Ed and Janet Bucknell and Mel and Cindy Ables. Costume Sponsors are Arnold and Mari Fagin and Ticket Sponsors are Danny and Michele Bell.

Regular adult tickets are $25 with $20 tickets available for seniors aged 62 or more, military, and groups of ten or more. Educator tickets are $10 and students are only $5. Two-for-one tickets may be purchased when presenting the Allied Arts City Card. Reservations are highly recommended for the intimate 90-seat theater. For tickets, call 405-232-6500 or email [email protected] Visit for more information.

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