Although the Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s season is officially over, theatre lovers have a chance to catch one more show as the theatre reprises its performance of Lunch at the Picadilly for a limited engagement, July 25-27.
    The play, based on the novel by the same name by North Carolina writer Clyde Edgerton, delighted audiences in the 2006-2007 season. Featuring, the CFRT’s Artistic Director Bo Thorp, the comedy is expected to draw a full house. The cast is preparing to take the show on the road to Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville, for a two-week engagement, and is using the brief run as a way to prepare for the event. {mosimage}
Lunch at the Picadilly, like many of Edgerton’s other works, is set in the small town of Listre. The residents of Listre are, as a whole, a rather comical bunch. But don’t be surprised, when you meet the residents of the town, if they remind you of your favorite elderly aunt, or perhaps the cranky neighbor who lives down the road or maybe even the bossy elderly lady at your church who always has an opinion on everything and is happy to share it with anyone willing to  listen.
    In this book, you get the opportunity to meet the residents of the Rosevahen Convalescence Center. Leading the gang is Lil Olive, who is at the home recovering from a recent fall. Olive uses a walker and sits on the front porch, chitchatting with and rocking right alongside the regulars. There’s Beatrice Satterwhite; Clara Cochran, who cusses as frequently as she takes a breath; and L. Ray Flowers, the freelance preacher who reveals his dream of forming a national movement to unite churches and nursing homes (“Nurches of America”). Chaos ensues when Flowers gets the residents fired up. It’s going to be a sight you don’t want to miss.
    The music and lyrics to the show are by former Red Clay Rambler, Mike Craver.
    Shows are at 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available at the CFT Box Office, which opens July 21. Tickets are $20 for Friday and Saturday’s performance and $15 for Sunday’s matinee. Box Office Hours:  July 21, 1-6 p.m.; Tuesday through Sunday, 2-6 p.m.
    For additional information: www.cfrt.org and for reservations call the CFRT box office at (910) 323-4233.
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