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Cocktails and Dinner: Award-Winning Comedy 
Plays in Repertory with The Man Who Came To Dinner

Burbank, CA - February 5, 2001 — Director Robert O'Reilly today announced the cast for The Colony Theatre Company's next Second Stage Production, The Cocktail Hour by A. R. Gurney: Ruth Crawford, David Carey Foster, Chip Heller, and Sandra Kinder.

The Cocktail Hour, a witty and perceptive comedy, was initially produced by San Diego's Old Globe theatre, where it was voted the Outstanding New Play award by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. It was subsequently produced in New York where it won the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Off-Broadway Play.The story centers around a playwright who visits his well-to-do family in upstate New York, and introduces them to his latest play during their ritual of the cocktail hour. Confronted by the bluntness of the play, his rather stuffy, WASPish parents are further appalled when they learn the playwright has used them as models for his characters. Disputes and recriminations ensue that are both humorous and poignant.

Gurney is best known for his hit plays Love Letters, The Dining Room, and Sylvia. The New Yorker said, "The Cocktail Hour could probably be the best play he has done so far." The New York Daily News added: "When I watch Gurney at his best, as he is here, I laugh through my tears."

The Cocktail Hour opens for the public Tuesday, February 27 and will run through Saturday, April 7, in repertory with The Colony’s Mainstage production, The Man Who Came To Dinner by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman. All tickets for the Second Stage Production are $10. Showtimes are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 PM, Saturday matinees at 2 PM, Sundays at 7 PM.

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:  E-mail:
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