Getting Laughs out of Tax Time
Theatre of Dare ends season with fast-paced farce
It may be hard to imagine anything funny coming out of W-2s and 1040 forms, but Theatre of Dare is promising to change that.
Opening just three days after this year’s tax deadline, Love, Sex, and the I.R.S. promises to provide a generous return for the audience’s funny bone.
“This is one of those classic farces where things spin out of control from the get-go and only devolve from there,” says director Daniel Ziegler. “It’s basically a comedic snowball rolling downhill into an avalanche.”
The story revolves around struggling musicians Jon Trachtman (Tyler Hudson) and Leslie Arthur (Clayton Burleson) who room together in 1980s New York City. In order to save what little money they have, Trachtman uses his roommate’s gender-neutral name to fill out tax returns as a married couple. Eventually, though, an I.R.S. agent (Tim Hass) comes to investigate the couple, so the pair hatch a harebrained scheme to survive the audit, aided by Jon’s fiancé Kate (Leah Cribb), who also happens to be having an affair with Leslie. Adding to the comedic mayhem are a nosy landlord (Shawn Olson), Jon’s uptight mother (Penelope Carroll), Leslie’s estranged girlfriend (Morgan Freese) and a mysterious man from the subway (Evan Tillett). As you might imagine, chaos ensues.
“It’s part Benny Hill and part Some Like It Hot”, says Burleson, whose first stage experience involves a wardrobe he never imagined wearing. “It will certainly keep the audience guessing… and hopefully, laughing.”
For Theatre of Dare, the production puts a comedic exclamation point on the end of a season that started with the group’s main stage at the College of the Albemarle closed due to a mold infestation. TOD managed to perform its entire scheduled season on borrowed stages, from the Lost Colony Soundstage to the Dare County Arts Council to the Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park, where I.R.S. will be performed.
“The level of support we’ve received from The Lost Colony, the Arts Council, Festival Park, and of course our audience has been humbling, and we’re grateful for all of it,” said Hass, T.O.D’s Vice President. “We think it bodes well for the arts community here on the Outer Banks, and we hope to keep those relationships going strong into the next season and beyond.”
“Love, Sex, and the I.R.S” takes the stage April 20, 21 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees April 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for students, and all performances will be at the Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park, 1 Festival Park, Manteo. Refreshments will be served before the show and at intermission to support Friends of the Elizabeth II.
(The cast of Theatre of Dare’s production of ‘Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.’, which opens April 20 at the Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park: Back row: Penelope Carroll, Tim Hass, Morgan Freese, Shawn Olson. Front row: Leah Cribb, Clayton Burleson, Tyler Hudson. Not pictured: Evan Tillett. )