Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
95Trip End Dec 25, 1998
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"We do comedies at Christmastime," says Anita Ricketts, owner of the Backstage. "People need to smile during the holidays." Funnybones can tickle twice this season, with an odd assortment of unlikely humor.
Pickpockets in an emergency room? Yes, in "Christmas Comes to Detroit Louie," Harry the Lift has sprained his finger. A disaster at the fattest-wallet time of year! As he surveys the dismal room, he comments to Louie,"I bet there ain't five dollars between them. Couldn't we knock out a window like last year?"
Between the little blind girl, the old man, and the fallen angel who needs to regain his wings, the Christmas spirit prevails. Good cheer, we'll see, depends on attitude, not circumstances. Kids will like this one too. Catch it for Sunday brunch or a Thursday evening while they are on holiday. The run ends December 21.
The Friday and Saturday night play, "My Three Angels," is not about Christmas, but it is set during the season. This time the convicts are up on the rooftop. They really are angels in disguise, sent to help the owners of a general store through some hard times. It's based on the old Bogart comedy, "There Are No Angels Here."
The play may be the thing at the Backstage, but dinner is its middle name. With steaks, seafood and pasta to choose from, prices range from low to medium, and some folks come just to eat! The Sunday brunch lays it out with quiches and salads and home-made carrot cake and peanut butter pie.
You know, of course, that the Backstage talent is local and the performers are volunteers. The actors pitch in by waiting tables. Parents answer phones and somebody's brother is running the light and sound for "Louie." It creates a great family feel and a lot of warmth, with a professional touch.
Do you have a yen for theater or a budding child performer? Watch for future audition notices for both adults and children. This weekend however, just relax. See you there.
Backstage Dinner Theater, Brainerd Road, Chattanooga