Thursday, March 13, 2008

'Enter Laughing' Staged at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — The Washington College Department of Drama will present Joseph Stein's "Enter Laughing" at the Norman James Theatre on Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, at 8 p.m.

Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by comic genius Carl Reiner, "Enter Laughing" centers on the journey of young aspiring actor David Kolowitz as he tries to extricate himself from overly protective parents (who want him to be a married pharmacist) and two too many girlfriends, while struggling to meet the challenges of life in 1930s New York City.

The original Broadway production of "Enter Laughing" opened in March 1963 at Henry Miller's Threatre, where it ran for 419 performances. The cast included Alan Arkin and Sylvia Sidney. Arkin won both the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and the Theatre World Award for his performance.

In 1967 Reiner himself wrote the screenplay for and directed a film version starring Reni Santoni, José Ferrer, Shelley Winters, Elaine May, and a young Rob Reiner. Allmovie.com summed it up nicely: "'Enter Laughing' is a riot, especially for those viewers who have ever participated in amateur theatricals themselves."

The upcoming Washington College production of "Enter Laughing," directed by Senior Rachel Holland, features Corey Holland, Brian Schultz, Andy Matthews, Aileen Brenner, Molly O'Connell, Laura Walters, Lindsay Dutton, Daniel Bienemann, Travis Brown, John MacLellan and Katie Skarwecki.

Admission to "Enter Laughing" is free, but reservations are required; call 410/778-7835 or e-mail drama_tickets@washcoll.edu.

March 12, 2008

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