The 1960’s will always be remembered for the monumental social changes that took place as young Americans reexamined social structures and modes of conduct. Clearly the baby was thrown out with the bathwater as people lost track of the reason for good manners, and rude behavior became acceptable. “Mrs. Mannerly” by Jeffrey Hatcher is opening soon at Carpenter Square Theatre and is a light hearted comedy about a class in etiquette that is available for students.
Helen Anderson Kirk (called Mrs. Mannerly because she teaches these classes along with public speaking, and drama) is played by the talented Linda McDonald. Kaleb Bruza plays Jeffrey, a young and surprisingly eager student. Bruza also brings to life eight other characters and the ensuing hijinks become very amusing for the audience.
Kenneth Benton directs “Mrs. Mannerly” while Artistic Director Rhonda Clark handles the costumes. Sunny Dawn Marler is the stage manager and James Polk Wilson is the set and lighting designer.
The show runs from February 22-March 16; curtain is at 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays in March, and a 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinee on March 10.
For information and reservations visit the Carpenter Square Theatre online at www.carpentersquare.com or call 405-232-6500. Carpenter Square is located at 800 W. Main in downtown Oklahoma City with convenient parking nearby.
“Mrs. Mannerly” shapes up to be a very entertaining show and should remind old hippies (self-included) of the havoc they have wrought.