'Becky's New Car' drives into the Stow Players

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Stow Players wraps up its 60th season of quality community theater with "Becky's New Car," a dramatic comedy by Steven Dietz, running March 8 through 23. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. March 17,.

Becky Foster (Pat Robertell-Hudson of Silver Lake) doesn't have a bad life; it has just become predictable and mundane. She has a decent job at a car dealership, a solid husband (Tom Marshall of Tallmadge), and a freeloading, psychology-major, 26-year-old son (Scott Foster of Uniontown) living in her basement.

Becky isn't exactly unhappy, but one night, by chance, she's offered an opportunity to step into another life -- she takes it -- and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn't dare. When socially inept and grief-stricken millionaire Walter Flood (Mike Guffey of Stow) stumbles into the car dealership one night and mistakenly presumes she is a widow, Becky soon finds herself leading a double life until it quickly accelerates out of her control, leaving many cover-ups along the way.

Others in the cast include Steve Harmath of Medina who plays Steve, Becky's nosy and granola-pushing co-worker at the car dealership; Charlotte Senters of Randolph as the predatory socialite Ginger who hopes to be the next Mrs. Flood; and Theresa Byron of Akron, who plays Kenni (short for Kensington), Walter's rebellious daughter.

The production team for "Becky's New Car" includes Director Lorena Goold; Goold is the president of Stow Players and has directed, produced, or appeared in numerous Stow Players productions over the years. She has also appeared at Weathervane Playhouse and Coach House. Also, Assistant Director and Stage Manager Kathrine Dannemiller; lighting designers Bill Morgan and Gene Stebbins; set design and construction Tom Marshall; properties design Anne Guffey.

Tickets for "Becky's New Car" are $12, or $10 for senior citizens and students. On March 17, anyone who comes to the show wearing green (in honor of St. Patrick's Day) will get $2 off the price of any ticket. Only cash or checks are accepted for ticket payment.

All Stow Players performances are in the Heritage Barn in Stow's Silver Springs Park, with access from the Young Rd. entrance only. Call 330-655-6051 for reservations and information. Be sure to visit the Stow Players website at www.stowplayers.net or email them at info@stowplayers.net.

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