Roberts Theatre Season Announced
2004-05 season at Forest Roberts Theatre – titled “Be Our Guest”
– will feature a Neil Simon comedy, the world premiere of a new
black comedy, the musical retelling of “a tale as old as time,”
and a comedy from French neo-classic theater.
season opens Oct. 6-9 with Simon’s The Good Doctor, a “Saturday-Night-Live-like”
collection of sketches based on short stories by Anton Chekhov.
Originally produced on Broadway in 1973, it starred Marsha Mason,
Christopher Plummer and Frances Sternhagen.
Mona Lisa in the Reptile House
by Mark Rigney of Evansville, Ind.,
is the 2004 Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award Winner.
It premieres Nov. 17-20. Erin, a young lady with a shadowy past,
begins her first day as the new intern in the Reptile House at the
local zoo. Within minutes, she encounters Joe Nighthawk, who is
tracking down an escaped cobra named “Sniffles.” Shortly thereafter
the garrulous zoo director Steve Coplin bursts in, followed by the
gruff head reptile keeper, Alice Dodgson. Add a “shadowy figure”
to the mix and you have all the fixings for an Agatha Christie mystery.
centerpiece of the season will be the Broadway musical based on
the Academy Award-winning animated feature, Beauty and the Beast.
The stage version includes all songs from the film, written
by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, plus new songs written
especially for the Broadway version by Menken and Tim Rice.
of expected demand for tickets, there will be seven performances
of Beauty and the Beast from Feb. 22-27.
up the season is Molière’s acerbic comedy about religious hypocrisy,
the generation gap, and middle-class morality: Tartuffe. It
runs April 20-23.
tickets are available for $30 ($18 for NMU students) at the Forest
the Superior Dome, or Willy’s Snak Shak in the University
Visa or Mastercard orders can be made through EZ Tickets at 227-1032.