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April 1 - April 24$16 – $45
The Tabard Theatre Company announces Mrs. California by Doris Baizley. Directed by Doug Baird, this delightful satiric comedy will open to live in-person audiences on April 1 and play through April 24, 2022. Single tickets for the play are $16-$45. Tabard Theatre is an all-vaccinated venue and will be checking proof of vaccination at the door for in-person patrons. Masking is not currently required, though facial coverings are encouraged.
A long-run Los Angeles hit, this brightly satiric comedy pokes wicked good fun at the pretentious hokum of a hotly contested homemakers competition. The time is pre-women’s lib 1955, the place a Los Angeles hotel, where a homemakers contest is in progress—the winner to embody the epitome (at the time) of the ideal woman: “a happy, good and beautiful homemaker.” Entered as Mrs. Los Angeles, Dot, sponsored by the local gas company, vies with the others in ironing a man’s shirt, sewing an apron from an original pattern, setting a table, preparing a meal and delivering a monologue entitled “My Proudest Moment” —which, for Dot, was when she saved an American naval force from submarine attack while serving as a decoder in the WAVES during World War II. She is also abetted by her tart-tongued friend Babs, an electronics wizard who is not above tampering with sewing machines and stoves as the contest comes down to the finals, with Mrs. Modesto, Mrs. San Bernardino and Mrs. San Francisco going head to head with Dot for the victory.
The Los Angeles Daily Breeze called Mrs. California “a sure crowd-pleaser, with men and young women laughing loudest and older women laughing knowingly.”
Mrs. California features Lorie Goulart, Angela Konigsberg, Julie Moylan, Ron Packard, Kelly Gregg Rubingh, Brandon Silberstein, and Jessica Whittemore.
Doug Baird, director for Mrs. California, is also Tabard’s Associate Artistic Director. Baird began working with Tabard in 2002 as an actor in Neil Simon’s Fools. In 2010 he directed Hold On To Love and since then has directed many shows for Tabard including this year’s A Merry Little Christmas Cabaret and last year’s Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End. His other directorial credits include The Will Rogers Follies; Irene; Bells Are Ringing; Mame; and My Fair Lady at WVLO Musical Theatre. Doug is also an award-winning actor, having appeared in Hairspray; Cabaret; Hello, Dolly!; and 42nd Street, to name a few. He holds a B.A. in Music Education from Fresno State University
What: Mrs. California by Doris Baizley, a delightful satiric comedy
When: April 1- 24, 2022, In-Person only
Where: Tabard Theatre, 29 N. San Pedro St. Ste 200.
Tickets: $16-$45. www.tabardtheatre.org or Call (408) 679-2330
Friday, April 1 at 8pm (Opening Night)
Saturday, April 2 at 2:30pm Free pre-show presentation for visually impaired. Everyone welcome
Saturday, April 2 at 3pm
Sunday, April 3 at 2pm
Thursday, April 7 at 8pm
Friday, April 8 at 8pm
Saturday, April 9 at 8pm
Sunday, April 10 at 2pm
Friday, April 15 at 8pm
Saturday, April 16 at 3pm
Sunday, April 17 at 2pm
Thursday, April 21 at 8pm
Friday, April 22 at 8pm
Saturday, April 23 at 8pm
Sunday, April 24 at 2pm (Closing Live Performance)