Barbara Tylla, Mike Shelby, Emily Mueller and David Geisler
a comedy by Michael McKeever
A comedy filled with zany characters, but also with warmth and love of family—that’s “37 Postcards,” by Michael McKeever. The play is on stage February 28 through March 16 at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue (Highway 38) in Racine.
After years of traveling and communicating with his family through postcards, Avery Sutton (David Geisler) returns with a pretty fiancée (Alicia Nelson) to the comforts of his well-to-do parents’ home. He soon discovers that it’s not as comfortable as he remembers. For starters, the house is sitting at a distinct angle and no one seems to mind. Then there’s Avery’s 97-year-old grandmother, Nana (Dawn Van Ess), who’d been presumed dead. She’s been living in a small room right there all the while, quite alive and definitely kicking. Aunt Ester (Barbara Tylla) operates a profitable phone-sex business from the kitchen. Dog Skippy (Wanda Karpinski) didn’t take off after all: he’s been running wild on the property and fending for himself for the past couple of years. Oddly enough, Avery’s parents, Evelyn (Emily Mueller) and Stanford (Mike Shelby), seem happily oblivious to the madness surrounding them. And that perplexes Avery. What is really going on here, beneath the surface?
“37 Postcards” is a new play, written in 2011, by Michael McKeever, an award-winning playwright, actor and designer living in south Florida. Earlier this season, the Racine Theatre Guild performed another comedy by McKeever, “Suite Surrender.”
RTG Managing and Artistic Director Doug Instenes is directing “37 Postcards.” The scenic designer is Sarah Hunt-Frank. Cast member Mike Shelby does double duty, heading the volunteer crew as production stage manager, with Bob Hansen calling the show as stage manager.
Performances take place over three weekends, from February 28 through March 16. On each weekend there are shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. In addition, there are Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on March 8 (followed by a free talkback with cast and crew) and at 4 p.m. on March 15. There are 7 p.m. shows on Sunday, March 9, and Thursday, March 13. Ticket prices at 7 p.m. shows are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors (62 and older), and $8 for students (21 and younger). At all other times, tickets cost $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for students. Discounts are available to groups of 12 or more. This play is not recommended for children under 13.
The Racine Theatre Guild is a nonprofit community (volunteer-based) theatre now in its 76th season. The box office is open from 12 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 90 minutes prior to each curtain time through intermission. For reservations or further information, call 262-633-4218. Tickets may be ordered online at www.racinetheatre.org; however, discounts and coupons cannot be applied to online orders.