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Rounding Third 

When: Fri., May 29, 8 p.m., Sat., May 30, 9 p.m., Sun., May 31, 5 p.m., Thu., June 4, 8 p.m., Fri., June 5, 8 p.m. and Sat., June 6, 7 p.m. 2009
Phone: (888) 374-3656
Price: $25, $23/students, seniors

A part of the Piccolo Spoleto Theatre Series at Village Playhouse. An uproarious and touching comedy about the grit, the pressure and the stakes of coaching baseball…or at least Little League Baseball. When a “win at all costs” father shares the coaching bench with a “let’s just have fun” dad there are bound to be plenty of errors. (90 mins.)

The Buzz:

WHAT IS IT? If you’ve ever had a kid in Little League, you’ll have watched a video that tells you what not to do at a game. The characters in the Village Playhouse’s Rounding Third embody the good, the bad, and the curmudgeonly in that video, and they share a coaching bench.

WHY SEE IT? This bittersweet comedy got rave reviews when it was performed at the Playhouse last year, mainly thanks to veteran actors Josh Wilhoit and Thomas Heath. They add poignancy and believability to this tale of two men with very different approaches to parenting. City Paper said, “Often in comedic theater, especially on opening night, the start can be sluggish and unsure, since what seems funny to the director and cast might not be what the audience finds amusing. The Playhouse production suffers no such problems, with the audience laughing out loud within one minute of the show’s opening, and then continuously for the next two hours.”

WHO SHOULD GO? Lovers of tightly staged theatrical comedy, and anyone who’s heard the words “play ball” and started fearing for their kid’s self-esteem. (Nick Smith)

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