More Fun Than Bowling
July 17 - August 9
Chenango River Theatre
991 State Hwy. 12
Greene, NY 13778
A Grave Comedy Right Up Your Alley!
Opening Night of More Fun Than Bowling Already Sold Out
Who knew a show that takes places in a cemetery could be so much fun? It's a comic nod to small-town life, love and destiny as seen through the unlikely crystal ball of bowling. More Fun Than Bowling is playwright Steven Dietz's quirky and hysterical look at love, life, and the perils of bowling. Yes, bowling. After all, who hasn't had a 7-10 split in their life?
Along his path to becoming a world-renowned pianist, Jake Tomlinson is side-tracked when a foul-tip baseball breaks his fingers, which subsequently heal into a perfect bowler's grip. Instead of Carnegie Hall, Jake now performs at the Dust Bowl, the local bowling alley he owns, and where his love life is riddled with gutter balls - he's having problems keeping his wives alive as he tries to raise his now 16 year old precocious daughter Molly.
It's Molly who has become adept at talking women into marrying her father for love and free lane time. But they keep dying in bizarre bowling accidents. And who is that nattily dressed man with the fedora, dark glasses and a revolver lurking in the background?
"Delivers nothing but strikes"--LA Times
Keeping a graveside vigil, a paranoid Jake replays the key frames of his life while pondering his predicament and prophesized untimely death. Surprisingly romantic and eccentrically philosophical, this grave comedy proves that life is, indeed, more fun than bowling.
It's a typical small town story, where people often ultimately accept their lives with a measure of grace and move on past the occasional hardship – of course, in Jake's case, losing his musical career and two wives to bizarre bowling accidents may have just left him a little paranoid about the next gutter ball rolling his way.
"More Fun Than Bowling" is more fun than bowling, and you don't even have to change your shoes!
CRT's production runs July 17 – Aug. 9 in the company's air-conditioned theatre at 991 State Route 12, 3 miles south of Greene, about 20 minutes from downtown Binghamton.
Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30, plus Sunday matinees at 2:00pm. Tickets are $18 Thursdays, $19 Fridays & Sundays, and $24 on Saturdays. All performances start on time and there is no late seating. The box office opens one half hour before curtain. For reservations, call (607) 656-8499 (TIXX).
The box office is also open 12-5:30, Tuesdays through Saturdays, and the 24 Hour Reservation Recorder accepts reservations at any time. Tickets may be charged to MasterCard, Visa or Discover.