Dueling prima donnas

Love a good cat fight? Legends is the play for you. Don't? Take in a musical or a mystery.

Published January 20, 2006

When two over-the-hill actresses decide to put aside their differences and collect one more paycheck, you can be sure that sparks will fly before the curtain rises.

Legends takes a look at the cat fights that break out when Sylvia Glenn (Jaret Lubowiecki) and Beatrice Monsee (Carole Keller) team up.

"They're both out-of-luck actresses," director Fran Barg said. "Both have a chance to be in a play. They're longtime rivals, but in this case they really need each other."

Barg said the comedy is currently being performed in a Broadway revival with Linda Evans and Joan Collins.

Rounding out the cast are Martin Clemmer (Chuck Keller), Aretha (Bonita Martin) and two newcomers, exotic dancer Boom Boom (Freedom) and Jesse Timmons, who plays a cop.

Here are some other community theater productions.

- The Melody Lingers On, the Music of Irving Berlin, continues this weekend at Playhouse 19, 865 U.S. 19, Crystal River. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket are $15 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Call the box office at 563-1333 for reservations or more information.

- Cabaret continues through Feb. 26 at Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1:30 p.m. some Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays. Doors open two hours before each show for full cash bar and included buffet. Dinner and show, $41; show only, $29.95, plus tax and tip. The show has mature themes and is not recommended for children. Call 863-7949 in west Pasco, toll-free elsewhere at 1-888-655-7469.

- Black Coffee, an Agatha Christie mystery, continues weekends through Jan. 29 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15. Box office is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and an hour before each show. Call (352) 683-5113.

- George M!, a musical based on the life of George M. Cohan (Yankee Doodle Dandy, You're a Grand Old Flag, Over There), continues weekends through Jan. 29 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and an hour before each show. Call (727) 842-6777.

Jorge Sanchez covers arts and entertainment in Citrus County. Call 860-7313 or e-mail sanchez@sptimes.com

At a glance

Legends will be performed weekends through Feb. 5 at the Art Center Theatre, 2644 N Annapolis Ave., Citrus Hills, at the Citrus County Art League. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. There is an additional matinee at 2 p.m. Jan. 29. Admission is $15. Box office is open 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.