What bigger meaning, you wonder? Consider the consequences of telling a “tiny little, hardly noticeable lie.” This occurrence, perpetrated by a mischievous French doctor on his suspicious young wife, turns into a gigantic, elaborate lie in which everyone gets caught up: his monstrous mother-in-law, meddlesome servants, a jealous Prussian soldier and even a patient with an outrageous lisp.
Morey’s acumen for adapting 19th-century classics like The Count of Monte Cristo, A Tale of Two Cities, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula and The Three Musketeers is matched only by his original plays: Laughing Stock, Dumas’ Camille and The Yellow Leaf. Premiered at the Pioneer Theatre Company (where Morey has served as artistic director since 1984), they have gone on to productions at professional theatres across the country.
With a cast that includes Steve Brady as Molineaux, Wayne Pyle as Etienne, Michael Irvin Pollard as Bassinet, Meghan Wolf as Suzanne, David Smilow as Aubin, Ashley Ellenburger as Yvonne, Liz Zazzi as Madame Aigreville and Molly Parker-Myers as Marie, The Ladies’ Man opens at Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville on Thursday, August 18 and runs through Sunday, September 11. Shows start at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. For ticket reservations and further information, call (845) 647-5511 or visit www.shadowlandtheatre.org.