Hit cast to return in ‘Jeeves Takes a Bow’ at First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook
|“Jeeves Takes a Bow” (Courtesy photo)|
First Folio Theatre presents the witty comedy “Jeeves Takes a Bow” in Oak Brook. The third installment of Margaret Raether’s adaptations of the stories of P.G. Wodehouse previews Jan. 30, and opens at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.
Directed by Jeff Award nominee Alison C. Vesely of Clarendon Hills (First Folio’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten”), the cast of First Folio’s acclaimed 2009 production “Jeeves in Bloom” will reprise their roles in the new adventure. The comedy stars Jim McCance as Jeeves, and Christian Gray as Bertie (“The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe” and “Romeo and Juliet” at First Folio Theatre, and “The Glass Menagerie” at Oak Park Festival Theatre).
In the new play, British upper crust meets the New York mob. Everyone’s favorite hapless hero, Bertie Wooster, embarks on an American adventure armed only with his handsome fortune, his talent for trouble, and his remarkable manservant, Jeeves. In less than a New York minute, Bertie finds himself knee-deep in troubles with vengeful gangsters, chorus girls and a new Broadway musical.
The cast also features Lydia Berger Gray (“Yellow Face” at Silk Road Theatre Project) as Vivienne Duckworth; Kevin McKillip (“The Merchant of Venice,” “The Turn of the Screw” and “Unnecessary Farce” at First Folio Theatre, “Making God Laugh” at Theatre at the Center) as Binky Binkersteth; David Rice (Boolie in “Driving Miss Daisy” and Snug in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at First Folio Theatre) as Knuckles McCann; and Jennifer Shine (“My Fair Lady” at Paramount Theatre) as Ruby LeRoy.
Set design is by Angela Weber Miller, a two-time Jeff nominee for “A Moon for the Misbegotten” and “Jeeves in Bloom”; sound design is by Christopher Kriz (Jeff winner for “The Turn of the Screw”); lighting design is by Shelly Holland, and costume design is by Elsa Hiltner (Jeff nominee for “Driving Miss Daisy”).
“Jeeves Takes a Bow” continues through March 3 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st Street and Route 83.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets range from $26 to $37, and preview tickets cost $22. Season subscriptions and individual tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 630-986-8067 or visiting www.firstfolio.org. And visit the website to learn about the menu offered through La Cuisine catering company.
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