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A sneak peak at the rest of Olympic Theatre Arts' 2010-2011 season

"The Thwarting of Baron Bollingrew,"

by Robert Bolt

• Nov. 26-Dec. 12

Directed by Tracy Williams

Sir Oblong Fitzoblong, a highly unlikely knight-errant, is sent by his duke to fight the black dragon with red eyes that lives on the Bollingrew Island - ruled over by the bold, bad Baron Bollingrew and his henchman Squire Blackheart.

After making friends with Magpie and Badger and besting the magician Moloch in a display of magic, Oblong confronts the dragon and Baron Bollingrew in a final showdown.

"Nunsense," by Dan Goggin

• Feb. 4-20, 2011

Directed by Larry Harwood and Dewey Ehling

"Nunsense" is a comical spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Due to an unfortunate accident in the kitchen of the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent, some 52 nuns have gone on to their reward; adding to the unpleasant event, the nunnery's coffers lack the funds to pay for a decent burial for all the sisters, leaving four of them in cold storage.

The remaining nuns - ballet-loving Sister Leo, streetwise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, the Mother Superior Sister Regina, and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert - stage a talent show in order to raise money to bury their dearly departed.

"Too Old for the Chorus," by Mark Winkler, Marie Cain and Shelly Markham

• April 29-May 15, 2011

Directed by Lee Harwell

Turning 50 can be difficult for some people.

If the birthday itself doesn't send people reeling, the accompanying milestone likely will do the trick: the inevitable arrival by mail of an invitation to join the AARP.

The setting is a boho-chic coffeehouse/cafe, where five regulars (three "mature" men and two mature women) commiserate about growing old.

Critics and audiences alike have cheered this smart new musical that takes a funny and sometimes touching look at the rewards and challenges of aging.

"The Housekeeper," by James Prideaux

• June 24-July 17, 2011

Directed by Debbie Embree

Foundering a bit after the death of his aged (and domineering) mother, Manley Carstairs - a self-styled literary artist - engages a housekeeper, Annie Dankworth, to look after his large Victorian house (and himself).

When Annie first arrives, wearing sneakers and carrying her belongings in a grocery cart, Manley is taken aback, but she seems so eager to please that he relents - after which their relationship progresses rapidly from initial reserve to active hatred.

Annie is one of the world's great oddballs. Conveyed in a series of fast-paced, juxtaposed scenes, the play covers all these unlikely events with lively wit and biting humor, becoming funnier and funnier as it builds toward its unexpected and thoroughly delightful conclusion.

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