The Loveland Stage Company unleashes the comedy play Don’t Drink the Water on May 11, 2018. Veteran actor John Sloan is marking his second time as a director. John made his directorial debut in the spring of 2017 with the hilariously successful A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. His producers are ACT award winner Tom Cavano and veteran actor Jill Gornet, his mother.
Don’t Drink the Water is a farce with the classical elements of mistaken identities, mayhem, and misadventure. The story takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain in the 1960’s. American tourists, Walter Hollander, his wife Marion, and their adult daughter Susan rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the communist police. They suspect the Hollanders of spying while picture-taking in a restricted area. Alas, the embassy is provisionally being run by the ambassador’s charming but bumbling son, Axel Magee. Axel, along with embassy staff and guests, manages to prolong the Hollanders’ asylum by muddling everything. Amid the insanity, will the Hollander family ever be able to escape?
Don’t Drink the Water, written by playwright and comedian, Woody Allen, opened in 1966, at the Morosco Theatre in New York City and ran for 598 performances. Shortly after opening, the New York Daily News wrote that Don’t Drink the Water “moved the audience to great laughter … Allen’s imagination is daffy, his sense of the ridiculous is keen and gags snap, crackle and pop.”
The Loveland Stage Company cast stars Joel Lind as Walter, Cathy Alter as Marion, Morgan Carter as Susan and Alex Ross as Axel. The cast also features Tom Caruso, Becky Cole, Vincent Eldridge, Gary Giver, Christopher Koonce, Matt Lovell, Charlie Rader, and Pia Rader.
Don’t miss this extremely funny farce. You will laugh from the curtain opening to the cast bows. Tickets are available for evening performances at 7:30 pm on May 11, 12, 18, and 19 and matinee performances at 3:00 pm on May 13 and 20. To order tickets, please visit our website at www.lovelandstagecompany.org. All performances are held at the Loveland Stage Company Theater, 111 South Second Street, Loveland, Ohio 45140.