Mask & Mirror Opens 9th Main Stage Season with Ken Ludwig’s Comic Farce: ‘Leading Ladies’

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Cast in photo, left to right: Jeff Ekdahl as Leo and Ted Schroeder as Jack performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania in the play “Leading Ladies.”

Mask & Mirror Community Theatre will open Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies” on The Stage at Calvin Church on Nov 1. This comic farce by the author of “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Moon Over Buffalo” has been pleasing audiences throughout the world since its premiere in Cleveland in 2004. The show plays Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. through Nov. 17 at 10445 SW Canterbury Lane in Tigard. Mask & Mirror is an all-volunteer community theatre beginning its 9th season bringing affordable comedies and dramas to Tigard and Tualatin. Adult tickets remain at $15, Seniors at $12; and tickets are available online at www.MaskandMirror.com.

“Leading Ladies” is Ken Ludwig’s love letter to Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot” and William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” It is a delightful comic romp set in the 1950’s that follows the exploits of two down-on-their-luck Shakespearean actors who attempt to replenish their coffers by impersonating two of the three heirs to a very large estate in York, Pennsylvania. Trouble confronts them when they discover the heirs are the opposite gender, the “deceased” auntie is still alive and kicking, and the other heiress is a delightfully gorgeous Bardophile who has seen them, as their male counterparts, perform.

​Director Janet Steiger Carr has assembled a stellar cast of local comic actors for this production. “Sometimes casting is luck of the draw,” says Janet, “and every once in a while a play casts itself. The casting of Leading Ladies falls into the latter category. I feel so lucky to have such an amazing ensemble of hardworking, talented players who are as dedicated to the joyousness of the piece as I am.”

Participation and membership in Mask & Mirror Community Theatre is open to all. We welcome experienced performers and theatre “wannabes” – we’ll train you!