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THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER
Cast Set For Colony's Next Production, the Classic Man Who Came To Dinner
Colony Subscriptions Continue to Build; Exceed 4700

Burbank, CA - December 13, 2000 -- The Colony Theatre Company is currently in rehearsal for its second and final production of the 2000-2001 season, The Man Who Came To Dinner by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman. The classic American comedy follows the smash hit production of Dandelion Wine, The Colonyís inaugural presentation at its new home, Burbank Center Stage.

Directed by award-winning director David Rose, the cast includes Bix Barnaby, Elizabeth Barrett, Peggy Billo, Cindy Benson, Chad Borden, Frank Califano, Jodi Carlisle, Nick DeGruccio, Denise Dillard, Tom Dugan, Judy Goldstein, Kyle Harmon, Charles Howerton, Demetrio James, Beans Morocco, Michael Earl Reid, Toni Sawyer, David Schulz, Randi Weidman, and J. Michael Wright. 

The Man Who Came To Dinner has long been acknowledged as one of the funniest comedies ever written. When a freak accident on the Stanley family's doorstep lands venomous theater critic Sheridan Whiteside in a wheelchair, the house is under siege from his extended reign of terror. Hysteria runs rampant as the convalescing curmudgeon interferes, blackmails, lies, and runs roughshod over everyone.

"I'm ecstatic to be back in the excellent company of two of my favorite authors," said Rose, who directed The Colonyís multi-award-winning production of You Canít Take It With You in 1993. "George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart are unparalleled comedy masters, and The Man Who Came To Dinner shows them at the very top of their game. This play contains some of the best lines ever written, and delivers a salvo of wickedly witty barbs that are shockingly up-to-date. Sheridan Whiteside is certainly the house guest from hell, and the play continues to resonate because, essentially, the tyranny of celebrity is still very much a part of our culture. We all suspect that some of our heroes have a monstrous private side, and this play lifts the veil with comic vengeance. He is good company for audiences precisely because he is such an outlandishly horrible nightmare for his hosts. These authors are master craftsmen, and their collaboration here has produced a true American classic.  I've assembled a cast that should do Kaufman and Hart proud."

Subscriptions Top 4700

For many years, The Colony has enjoyed the largest paid subscription base of any 99-seat theatre in Southern California. Subscriptions currently stand at 4707 and continue to climb, with almost 200 new subscribers coming aboard during the run of Dandelion Wine. Barbara Beckley, The Colonyís Producing Director, attributes the dramatic rise to enthusiasm for the move. "A location thatís central and convenient, with plenty of safe, free parking, lots of restaurants in walking distance, night life ó people are just more inclined to make the commitment." 

Performance Schedule And Ticket Prices

The Man Who Came To Dinner opens Saturday, February 3, 2001. Performance times are: 8 PM, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 PM matinee on Sunday. Prices for Thursday and Friday are $25 ($22 for Students and Seniors); Saturday, all seats $28; Sunday, $28 ($25 for Students and Seniors). A number of low-priced previews (all tickets $10) are scheduled to begin Thursday, January 25. The Man Who Came To Dinner is suitable for all ages.

Burbank Center Stage--home of The Colony Theatre Company--is located at 555 North Third Street in Burbank, at the corner of Cypress, part of the Media City Shopping Center.  Call (818) 558-7000 for reservations and subscription information. Fax number: (818) 558-7110.  Website: www.colonytheatre.org.  E-mail: boxoffice@colonytheatre.org.
 
 
CONTACTS:  Barbara Beckley/Amanda Diamond 
(818) 558-7000
Bob Canning
thewriteguy@home.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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