After a few sips of bourbon and several bottles of beer, big secrets are revealed in “Laundry & Bourbon” and “Lone Star,” two one-act comedies showing at Limelight Theatre.
The shows open tonight and runs through June 26 on the Matuza Main Stage and the Koger-Gamache Studio Theatre stage at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave.
‘LAUNDRY & BOURBON’
“Laundry & Bourbon” centers on the discontent and gossip of three small-town wives — Elizabeth, Hattie and Amy Lee — whose marriages have turned out to be less than they hoped for.
The show is directed by Shelli Long, who also serves as Limelight’s musical director and properties supervisor.
Long loves how “Laundry & Bourbon” and “Lone Star” work together to provide a balance of male and female perspectives.
“You know those parties where all the women are in the kitchen talking about the guys and the guys are out back drinking and talking about their glory days? “Laundry & Bourbon” and “Lone Star” kind of reminds me of that,” Long says.
The connection between the shows is more than just thematic, the characters in each are actually family members and friends.
“Over the course of one afternoon and one evening, we get a peak at three sets of lives that are joined together by marriage, family and friendship,” Long says.
“Lone Star” is set in the cluttered back yard of a small Texas bar with Elizabeth’s macho husband, Roy, who just returned from Vietnam with tales of war and amorous exploits.
The show is directed by Beth Lambert, Limelight Theatre’s executive director, who dedicates the show to her father.
“‘Lone Star’ has crossed my path several times over the years,” Lambert says. “The first time was in a scene study class at Auburn University. It was brand new and my two friends who performed it, had us all rolling on the floor.”
Lambert believes the male roles in “Lone Star” provide a comical counterbalance to the female roles in “Laundry & Bourbon.”
“The men in ‘Lone Star’ are deep characters; flawed but funny — struggling with memories and relationships difficult to imagine,” Lambert says.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors, $20 for military and students and $10 during student rush (30 minutes prior to show). A free child ticket is available with full paid adult ticket.
The theater is offering discounted rates of two tickets for $30 for a special showing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
For information or to choose your seats, call 825-1164. or go to limelight-theatre.org.