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Durang, Durang and Durang 

When: Thu., Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Fri., Oct. 7, 10 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 8, 10 p.m. 2011
Phone: (843) 793-1731
Price: $16, $12/students
www.whatifproductions.org

Do you ever wish Larry David were president? Do you think romantic comedies are an oxymoron? Do you feel like people who don’t understand sarcasm are living in a metaphorical Chilean mine? If you answered “maybe” to any of those, you’re not alone. Playwright Christopher Durang has a wacky sense of humor too, which you can see for yourself in What If? Productions’ new show. To open their second season, they’re putting on Durang, Durang, and Durang, a 10-person performance in the vein of classic variety programs like the Carol Burnett Show. “It’s definitely not for people without a really good sense of humor,” Producer Sarah Craven says. “Christopher Durang kind of pokes fun at everybody. Not that nothing is sacred, but there’s a funny side to everything.” Durang is a playwright known for his tongue-in-cheek and absurd scripts. Instead of using a multi-act play, Craven says they wanted to kick off the new season with several of Durang’s one-act plays because it’s a more stimulating view of some of his best work. For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, one of the four Durang pieces in the show, parodies The Glass Menagerie, a classic Tennessee Williams piece. With Williams’ 100th birthday coming up, it was a perfect fit, Craven says. The piece stars Beth Curley, who plays a traditional Southern belle desperate to marry off her less-than-perfect sons. Other Durang pieces — Wanda’s Visit, Nina in the Morning, and Funeral Parlor — will be strung together seamlessly with different, but no less riotous one-act pieces. The V-Tones, a ukulele band, will play throughout the show and during intermission to keep the comical vibes thriving.

— Abigail Darlington

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