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Georgia Ensemble opens 20th season with classic comedy

Kaufman and Hart's 'The Man Who Came to Dinner'

"The Man Who Came to Dinner"
Tickets range from $23 to $33
Call the box office at 770-641-1260
Roswell Cultural Arts Center
950 Forrest Street, Roswell
September 04, 2012
ROSWELL, Ga. Georgia Ensemble Theatre will open its 20th season Thursday, Sept. 6 with a genuine theater classic, "The Man Who Came to Dinner" by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Directed by Artistic Director Robert J. Farley, the production is co-sponsored by longtime GET corporate partners Bank of North Georgia and Northside Hospital.

This season opener is about coming full circle. Two decades ago, GET opened its doors with the classic Kaufman and Hart comedy, "You Can't Take It With You." Now, 20 years and more than 100 productions later, Farley has gone back to the same well of Kaufman and Hart.

"There are a lot of reasons why we're doing this play," said Farley. "First, it is one my favorite plays of all time. It has a madness that is a challenge to direct.

"Second, it makes a marvelous bookend to our debut play 20 years ago," he said. "And this is a destination theater, so we wanted to open this season with a big bang."

There are some other connections as well. Shannon Eubanks, one of the original cast members in that debut play and a devoted member of the ensemble, is appearing again. Also appearing is Tony Larkin whose mother was in "You Can't Take It With You." Larkin is also the first graduate of the GET Conservatory.

"The Man Who Came to Dinner" is also special, Farley says, because it shows the maturity of the company after two decades.

"With a cast of 23, it is epic theater. It is the greatest comedy of the 20th century in American theater. And I wanted to put something on the stage this year that represented the best of what we have become over 20 seasons the scale of the show and what we can do in the future," he said.

Another reason for the choice is that no one does these kinds of plays anymore, he said.

The 20th season, which GET is promoting as its emerald anniversary, is going to be "a yearlong party," Farley said.

In the play, you'll meet the irascible arts critic Sheridan Whiteside as he pays a visit to the Stanley household where Marx Brothers-like madness ensues with secretaries, ex-cons, cockroaches and penguins.

GET favorites from the 2012 hit show, "Becky's New Car" include Wendy Melkonian as "Maggie Cutler" and Allan Edwards as "Sheridan Whiteside."

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GET celebrates One Enchanted Evening

ROSWELL, Ga. — Opening weekend festivities will continue Friday evening, Sept. 7, with Bank of North Georgia Night as Georgia Ensemble Theatre honors its corporate partner at the second public performance of "The Man Who Came to Dinner."

On Saturday, Sept. 8, the theater will hold its annual gala, One Enchanted Evening, at the Atlanta Country Club, where the GET Legacy Award will be bestowed on the Rotary Club of Roswell.

For information on this and all GET events, call 770-641-1260 or go online at

Prior to the opening performance Sept. 6, Farley along with staff and board members will honor the theater's "Tenure Club" (subscribers for 10 or more consecutive years) and induct the new "Emerald Club" (subscribers to GET since its founding) at a 6 p.m. private reception at Nine Street Kitchen in historic Roswell.

There will be a champagne toast open to the public in the theater lobby at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate the season, followed by the opening performance of "The Man Who Came to Dinner." The evening will continue with a post-show reception with the cast at Sugo.

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