‘Make God Laugh’ running at Wimberley Playhouse

“Making God Laugh” will run at the Wimberley Playhouse until Oct. 1. PHOTO COURTESY OF WIMBERLEY PLAYHOUSE

Sean Grennan’s “Making God Laugh” opened on the Wimberley Players stage on Sept. 8 and runs through Oct. 1.

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Meet Ruthie and Bill and their three grown children: a priest, an aspiring actress and a one-time football star. It’s 1980 and all three sibs return home for the holidays. Stewed either in tradition or the obsessions of the times, we listen as they announce their life plans, half-baked or better and witness Ruthie and Bill’s own issues. It doesn’t take long for familiar tensions to surface and momma’s iron-clad apron strings to clank. The persistently unloved fantasia dip shows up too.

For the next 30 years family life takes center stage. Tragically hip Richard attaches himself to one fad after another, while brother Thomas walks a straight line to the priesthood. Mercurial Maddie pursues an artistic life in New York, but struggles with her inner life. Bill is in the midst of them, going with the flow and holding fast to his fierce love for all of them.

An equal mix of light-hearted humor and a poignant look at the many changes we encounter as we age, “Making God Laugh” is an honest, heartwarming comedy full of hilarious comic relief. Everyone in the audience will recognize this family.

The role of Richard is played by Danny Mosier, recently seen in “The 39 Steps,” “The Odd Couple” and “Wait Until Dark.” Maddie is played by Tysha Calhoun, who directed “Wait Until Dark” for the Players in 2015. Ruthie is played by Jan Mays, new to the Wimberley Players’ stage. Bill is played by Mike Nash, also new to the Wimberley Players’ stage. Thomas will be played by Nate Nelson, recently seen in “Good People.”

“Making God Laugh” is directed by Jeremy White and Adam Witko is the executive producer.

The play will run Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Ticket prices for reserved seating are $21 and student tickets are $14 with ID. Tickets are available online or by calling 512-847-0575. The Wimberley Playhouse is located on 450 Old Kyle Road, Wimberley.

 

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