Lakewood Theatre Company presents the Portland area premiere of
Unnecessary Farce

July 10 - August 16, 2015, Directed by Michael Snider.  Order tickets online.


It’s the perfect setup for a laugh-filled evening at the theatre. A bumbling mayor, his female accountant who can’t stay dressed, two undercover cops, an infamous Scottish hitman, and, of course, videotape.

To crack a case of suspected embezzlement, the officers must overcome their fear of the dark, guns, enclosed spaces, and the opposite sex. In this sidesplitting escapade, playwright Paul Slade Smith has reinvented the in-one-door innuendo and out-the-door comic shtick in a zany Portland area premiere that will leave you laughing.

Lakewood's production of Unnecessary Farce, directed by Michael Snider, opens Friday, July 10 and continues until August 16 with the following performance schedule: Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 7:00 PM (July 12, 19 and 26); Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (July 19, August 2, 9 and 16); and Wednesdays (July 22, Aug 5) at 7:30 PM. Ticket prices are $32/adults and $30/seniors. Other discounts are available for students and groups. Content Note: This play contains adult situations, and may not be appropriate for young audiences. For additional information and tickets, call the Lakewood Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or order tickets online.

The show sponsor is: The Lakewood Center Associates

WOW performance: Wednesday at 7:30 on July 22, 2015. At this Wednesday performance the theatre is continuing a fun program called WOW: 25-35. For people 35 and under tickets are priced at $25 each. One hour prior to performance there will be a complimentary wine tasting hosted by World Class Wines. Come enjoy Wine on Wednesday (WOW) paired with a show at a discounted price.

WOW performance: Wednesday at 7:30 on August 5, 2015. At this Wednesday performance join us for WHISKEY WEDNESDAY.  Special thanks to Indio Spirits for sponsoring the tasting. OLCC rules apply, of course. Remember to bring your ID. In addition, we'll also have a WINE TASTING with Seven Sails Vineyard. For people 35 and under tickets are priced at $25 each -- Use promo code WOW25. One hour prior to performance join us for complimentary spirits and vino along with a show at a discounted price! Order tickts online.

The Story: S
et in a small midwestern town, two inexperienced police officers (Jake Simonds and Carrie Morgan) have set up a "sting" to capture an embezzler. Do things run smoothly? Of course not! Enter the Mayor (Don Stewart Burns), the town’s new accountant (Olivia Shimkus), the head of security (Ashton Root), the Mayor's wife (Victoria Blake) and last, but not least, an inarticulate Scottish hitman in a kilt (Ethan LaFrance).

Playwright Paul Slade Smith was named one of "50 To Watch" writers of exceptional merit and promise by The Dramatist magazine in 2007. Paul turned to writing after fifteen years as an actor in Chicago, where his credits include the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Marriott, Drury Lane, Apple Tree and Royal George Theatres. Unnecessary Farce is his second play.

Click below to see a short one minute video clip from the show


Olivia Shimkus, Ethan LaFrance and Jake Simonds in Unnecessary FarceThe creative team includes director Michael Snider who says, "This show is a laugh-out-loud comedy that has everything one can hope for in a modern-day farce. Everything is about the doors. Who's coming in, who's going out, who's closing the doors, who's opening the doors. It’s bound to tickle your funny bone!” Scenic design for Unnecessary Farce is by Jeff Seats, costume design is by Patricia J. Rohrbach and lighting design is by Kurt Herman. The stage manager is Michael DeMaio, hair design is by Jane Holmes, technical director is Kurt Herman, sound design is by Marcus Storey, properties are by Felix Kelsey, production assistant is Steve Knox, and the producer is Kay Vega.

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Photos by Russell J. Young