Don’t worry, the theater company is doing fine. But it’s chosen to produce the musical murder mystery Curtains, which opens the way to inevitable theatre puns and gags. The play is a wild collaboration of the talents of John Kander and Fred Ebb — the creators of Cabaret and Chicago — and writer Rupert Holmes, the man who brought us the “Pina Colada Song,” yes, but also a slew of Broadway hits including Drood and Say Goodnight, Gracie.
The play melds an Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery, full of twists, turns, cops, suspects and alibis, with Broadway songs that chronicle the drama and comedy of the stage life that draws a detective into romance with theater and a particular performer. The play was nominated for eight Tony awards in 2007, including Best Musical, Book, and Original Score.
PCS’s version is directed by Ryan Stone, with music direction by Patrick D’Amato, and choreography by Maria Byers. The cast includes talented actors, singers and hoofers from Swarthmore, Media, Philadelphia and elsewhere in Delaware County and the area.
Curtains open tonight (get it?) at 8 p.m. and runs through Saturday, October 8, with performances Thursday through Sunday. Consult pcstheater.org for details on the play, the theatre, and to purchase tickets. The theater is at 614 Fairview Road in Swarthmore.