When two bumbling actors try to present a few beloved fairy tales on stage, the script gets scrambled, the actors get addled, and the audience helps make the production work out with smiles for all.
Furry Tails with a Twist starts the Players Club of Swarthmore’s summer children’s series this weekend with familiarity and hilarity. The Three Little Pigs are in the house, Goldilocks, and the Billy Goats Gruff, but the storytelling is nothing like the versions you remember. Instead, actors Sam and Alex improvise and forget and meander, and it’s up to the young people in the crowd to put the story together again.
Donna Dougherty of Media and Liz Iannacci of Morton are the silly duo Sam and Alex in this novel play by Jennifer Hickok DiFratis, which is directed by Jim Carroll. PCS’s Raymond W. Smith Stage is the perfect showcase, with the audience virtually on stage (and the air conditioning cranked up).
Performances this Saturday, June 17, are at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday’s show is at 11 a.m. Next weekend, the shows will be at 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $10 for adults (12 and over) and $8 for children (ages 2 and under get in free). Buy at the door starting 30 minutes before showtime, or online at ovationtix.com. Group rates and birthday party packaged are available; contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Smith Stage is on the second floor of the playhouse (not handicap accessible) at 614 Fairview Road in Swarthmore.