Funny Money

Written by Ray Cooney
Directed by Andrea Haskett


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Henry Perkins is a mild mannered accountant who - up to now - has lived a pretty routine life. It’s his birthday, and he is looking forward to a quiet dinner with his wife, Jean, and their good friends Vic and Betty Johnson. Just a nice, simple celebration perfectly suited to a man who has little excitement in his life. That plan goes right out the window, though, when Henry discovers the briefcase he is carrying is not full of his papers, pencils, memos, etc., but stuffed with cash! Lots of cash! LOTS AND LOTS OF CASH!

That’s the setup for Ray Cooney’s wonderful comedy Funny Money. The show delighted London audiences for two solid years, and then charmed audiences in France for over three years more. Since being made available for general performance, Funny Money has entertained audiences wherever it has played. It is, after all, a situation just about everyone has wondered about…what would you do if you picked up the wrong briefcase on your way home from work and it was full of cash? Henry decides he wants to keep it and get out of town. Of course, that is easier said than done.

First, there’s are his dinner guests, the Johnsons. How to get them to go home so Henry and Jean can disappear? Who’s that knocking at the door? The police?! What else could possibly go wrong? A lot! A man carrying Henry’s briefcase is fished out of the river, a bullet hole in his head, so more police arrive to give Jean the ‘bad news.’ Then, of course, there are the bad guys…'Mister Nasty' and 'Mister Big.'

Funny Money, directed by Andrea Haskett (recently seen in Dancing at Lughnasa, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, and The White-Headed Boy), opens Friday, July 7th, 2017 and runs through Sunday, July 30th. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30pm, and Sunday matinees start at 2:00pm. There is a special 'Pay What You Will' performance on Thursday, July 27th, at 7:30pm, where all proceeds benefit the cast and crew of the show.

All Opening Weekend tickets are $10. After that, tickets are $17 General Admission, with $14 Discount Admissions offered for Seniors, Students, Albuquerque Theater Guild/Theater members, Active/Retired Military Personnel, and First Responders. Tickets may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com. The Adobe Theater also offers a 'SelecTicket' - six shows for the price of 5- no expiration, for $75. The theater is located at 9813 4th Street, NW in Albuquerque.

Appearing in Funny Money are Tim Riley (Henry Perkins), Jennifer Benoit (Jean Perkins), Chris Gonzales (Bill), Neil Faulconbridge (Davenport), Ericka Zapeda (Betty Johnson), Daniel Anaya (Vic Johnson), Jesse Miller (Slater), & Vince Tomardy (A passerby). Director Andrea Haskett says the show is a lot of fun. "The thing about a great farce is the number of doors and timing. So come for the farce and stay for the shtick!"

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Adobe Theater Renovation

Yes, it's true! The Adobe Theater is “going dark” after The Savannah Sipping Society closes on September 3, for as long as it takes to get the ADA-compliant, handicap-accessible restrooms installed. This means a demolition phase, followed by a construction phase, and then finally a clean-up and decorate phase. Depending on the contractor, this could take until the end of the year. If the renovation goes quickly, we hope to put on a special variety show between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but our ability to do that will depend entirely on construction progress. We’ll keep you informed of our progress by means of our weekly email and on our website.

The Savannah Sipping Society

Written by: Jones Hope Wooten
Directed by: Pete Parkin


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The Savannah Sipping Society: the very name conjures up images of genteel women meeting on the veranda of an ante-bellum mansion, sipping mint juleps from tall frosted glasses, and discreetly discussing the scandals of the day. In this case, those images couldn’t be further from the truth.

Playwrights Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten (collectively known as Jones Hope Wooten) created the comedy The Savannah Sipping Society to present four unique, modern-day Southern women drawn together either by a happy accident, or by Fate in the guise of an impromptu happy hour. However it happens, once they meet, they prompt each other to re-capture the enthusiasm (some might say ‘lust’) for life they somehow lost through the years.

There’s Randa, a workaholic and perfectionist, who has suffered a surprise career ‘derailment.’ In struggling to cope with that, she realizes work was her life, and she has no idea how to get a different one.

Dot, still reeling from her husband’s recent passing, and the resulting loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement, faces the unsettling prospect of starting a new life from scratch - and all alone.

Marlafaye has blown into Savannah fresh from Texas, “ a good ol’ gal” fleeing the loss of her husband to a twenty-three-year-old dental hygienist. Her desire to establish a new life is equaled only by her desire to wreak righteous, delicious  revenge on her philandering ex-husband.

Also new to town is Jinx, a ”life coach” and veritable force of nature, who offers her skills to help the group. Her laser-focused determination to help her new friends threaten to blind her to seeing she might be the one most in need of sage advice.

Director Pete Parkin picked the play “because it is very funny, and made me laugh out loud a dozen times when I read it alone in my apartment in Pasadena.” Parkin says he also especially liked the play “because there were great parts for four women of a certain age’. There is virtually nothing written just for that demographic.”

Parkin has assembled a top notch group of Albuquerque & Santa Fe actresses for this show. Lorri Layle Oliver (Souvenir, Blithe Spirit) is Marlafaye. Holly Gilster (You Can’t Take It With You, Julius Caesar) plays Jinx. Gail Spidle (Picnic, Twelve Angry Jurors) is Dot, and Mona Malec (Frankie & Johnny, The Dream Inside Another) is Randa.

The Savannah Sipping Society is filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures (and the occasional liquid refreshment) as these four middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart new lives, with a renewed determination to live in the moment. Most importantly, they learn it’s never too late to make new old friends.

The laugh-out-loud comedy The Savannah Sipping Society opens Aug 11th and plays through. Sep 3rd, 2017at The Adobe Theater (9813 4th Street NW). Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30p, Sundays at 2:00p. General Admission $17, Discount $14 (Seniors, Students, ATG Members, Military, First Responders). Opening Weekend Special: All Tickets $10! PWYW performance is Thursday, August 24th. Click here to purchase tickets.