The show will run Friday through July 28 in the Conant Performing Arts Center at the back of the Oglethorpe University campus in Brookhaven.
Director Drew Francher and Artistic Director Richard Garner, who will also be portraying the role of Alfie in the play, said attendees can expect a combination of silly, physical humor and sharp, British wit.
“The play is based on “Servant of Two Masters,” a comical play written in the 1700s, but the play we are performing follows a script written by Richard Bean and updated to be set in 1960s England,” Francher said. “Not too much is changing because Bean’s version is a really well-oiled machine. We’re just doing it with a great group of people who appreciate the straight-up farce of the play. It’s got outrageous circumstances, but they are true to life and not unrealistic.”
The play will also include Georgia-based band The Head performing before the show and throughout the play.
Garner said although the company is best known for more serious works, such as history plays, he feels the humorous performance will be both entertaining and thought-provoking.
“This is definitely not mindless entertainment. It’s also sharp and smart and you have to find the right company that can do those both well, so that is what we’ve been working on,” he said.
The company, now in its 29th year of performing, will also host special talkback nights after the play so attendees can ask questions of the actors, directors and designers on the renovated outdoor terrace, new to this year’s events.
Actress Ann Marie Gideon, who will play the part of Rachel Crabbe, said although the play is challenging, rehearsing for a comedy is also fun and rewarding.
“This is the funniest play I’ve ever worked on, but also a big challenge because there are so many pieces to it,” she said. “You have to run around and hit the timing exactly right, but the reward is a fun, entertaining and hilarious show.”
Tickets are $16 to $40, with senior, student, military and educator discounts and are on sale now at www.gashakespeare.org or at the box office, (404) 504-1473.
Tickets include access to before- and after-show events. Parking is free.