First-time play director Brandy Harrell hopes the audience loves her show as much as the cast and crew enjoy producing it.
Racine’s Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St., wraps up its 25th season with the laugh out loud, heart-warming story of “Bob: A Life in Five Acts,” which opens for a three-weekend run on Friday (April 21). Born and abandoned in a White Castle restroom, Bob (played by Cody Ernest) energetically embarks on an epic journey in his beige Malibu.
“This show has been an absolute pleasure to work on,” said Harrell, a longtime OOHP volunteer. “We are in a constant state of laughter. The playwright created a very challenging, fast-paced momentum that will take the audience on an entertaining and poignant road trip.”
Bob’s five-act life follows a rags-to-riches, fame-to-fall, love-of-living-life tale. Harrell describes the show as an “absurd reality” that explores American mythology and what exactly makes one happy.
“The character of Bob is so genuinely sweet and innocent, audiences will root for him as his journey through life becomes more and more complicated,” Harrell said. “(Bob) is the epitome of the underdog, and your heart will yearn for his success at becoming a great man. Audiences will absolutely love this show.”
The cast also includes Nicholas Hoyt, Michael Jachowicz, A.J. Laird, Anne Mollerskov and Melissa Zeien. Those actors play multiple roles in what Harrell says is “a fast-paced flurry of characters, costumes, wigs and voices.”
Some of the male cast members assumed they’d have to shave their beards, since they play female roles in the show. Not so fast, said Harrell.
“There’s something entertaining about a bearded man in a dress,” Harrell said. “We want the audience to have just as much fun as we’re having.”
The show is written by playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. It premiered at the Humana Festival for New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in March 2011.
What: Over Our Head Players’ production of “Bob: A Life in Five Acts”
When: 8 p.m. Friday, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday (Shows continue April 28-30, May 5-7)
Where: Racine’s Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St.
Tickets: $19 ($16.50 Sunday)
More information: www.overourheadplayers.org