‘Timing’ is everything at The Playhouse

Jan 29, 2014
Set for the Midcoast Actors’ Studio production of “All in the Timing” are, front from left, Shelly Curtain, Valerie Philbrick, Jason Bannister and Ivy Lobato; and, standing in back, Dennis Harrington, James Tatgenhorst, James Clayton, Nicole Provonsil and Angela Domenichelli.

Belfast — Midcoast Actors’ Studio will launch its 2014 season with “All in the Timing,” presented the first two weekends of February at The Playhouse, 107 Church St. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Feb. 7 through 16.

David Ives’ collection of brilliant short comedies is a whirlwind tour­de­force of wit and wordplay that explores the hilarious ways in which language both unites and divides us. A cast of nine plays multiple roles, with actors hailing from as far away as Bucksport and Owls Head, led by veteran local actor Greg Marsanskis, who is making his directorial debut.

“I’m happy to have a great cast,” Marsanskis said. “The interesting part for me has been to find unity between the different scenes, so the audience sees it as complete unit, and not separate plays.”

“Timing” marks the first show of the MAS 2014 season, which includes six productions throughout the year being performed at three venues in Belfast. The entire season is funded with assistance from the Basil Burwell Foundation and the Maine Theater Fund.

“We are embarking on quite a busy season of theater. With comedies, dramas, a musical, original works by local playwrights and our traditional holiday show, hopefully there is something for everyone,” said Jason Bannister, founder and artistic director of MAS

The Playhouse is an intimate storefront theater that seats 40 audience members close to the stage. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens (older than 65); everyone who calls the box office at 370­7592 will get $3 off the ticket price.

There will be a special opening night gala, with a meet-and-greet wine and cheese tasting with the cast after the show; tickets that include the gala are $20. Seating is very limited and may very well sell out each night, so calling and reserving is highly recommended.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Dennis Harrington, left, and James Tatgenhorst ponder life's mysteries in "All in the Timing"
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