Comedy 'My Three Angels' to open theater's season Colonial Players begin production tomorrow

January 15, 1998|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Colonial Players opens 1998 with "My Three Angels," a comedy by Sam and Bella Spewack set in the penal colony of French Guiana in 1910.

The show, which opens tomorrow and runs Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 14 at the theater on East Street in Annapolis, is based on "La Cuisine Des Anges" (The Cooking of Angels), by French playwright Albert Husson.

It follows three convicts who try to help the beleaguered Ducotel family, beset by problems with finances and romances.

For one thing, the family members are about to lose their jobs operating the local general store. For another, daughter Marie Louise Ducotel discovers her boyfriend is engaged to another. Convicts Joseph, Jules and Alfred -- the angels -- decide to help solve the family's problems.

"My Three Angels" was first produced in March 1953 in New York with Walter Slezak starring. The 1955 film adaptation, "We're No Angels," starred Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray and Peter Ustinov.

The Colonial Players version is directed by Ken Dreyfuss. The cast includes Ray Fulton, Peter Kaiser and Joe Wildermuth as the angels. Also appearing will be Bryan and Liz Barrett, Fran Czajka, Joan Fontana, Ken Sabel and Ken Arnold.

Colonial Players has added Annapolis architect Scott Rand and his graphic designer wife, Merrilyne Hendrickson, to the staff for this production. Rand designed and built the set, and Hendrickson designed the program cover and poster.

The Colonial Players staff is so planning for a 50th anniversary season starting next fall that will be marked with a play from each decade of the company's existence.

The all-volunteer organization is planning to publish a commemorative book, "For the Love of It," as part of the celebration.

Performances of "My Three Angels" are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 7: 30 p.m. Sundays with matinees at 2: 30 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays.

The theater-in-the-round is at 108 E. St. in Annapolis.

For information and reservations, call the box office at 410-268-7373.

Pub Date: 1/15/98

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