‘Housewives’ back at OBS | TheUnion.com

‘Housewives’ back at OBS

Off Broadstreet Theatre owners John Driscoll and Jan Kopp decided last year to retire “Angry Housewives” after the 11th run in 13 years.

That is, until they were verbally assaulted by audience members on the street and via e-mails and telephone , Driscoll said.

Those angry audience members can rest easy: The musical comedy returns to OBS on Friday for a seven-week run.

“We got so much flak, people asking us, ‘WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?'” said Driscoll, admitting defeat from the safety of his OBS office.

“Every year, our audience members return to ‘Angry Housewives’ and bring their friends with them,” he said. “This one has a cult following, and the cult will not be denied.”

It will be the last time OBS presents the off-Broadway play – or then again, maybe not, according to Driscoll.

“We’re getting too old. We said that two years ago. Our baby boomer audience is aging too, so we’re all in denial together,” he explained.

There should be no surprises in “Angry Housewives.” It’s the same show that’s been on the OBS stage 11 times before.

“Angry Housewives” is about four conservative middle-aged women who unexpectedly enter a punk-rock band contest and their struggles and triumphs.

A variety of music styles is represented, from punk to ’50s rock ‘n’ roll to standards.

Kopp returns as Jetta, the downtrodden housewife turned lead singer, and Driscoll returns as “Lewd Fingers.” Other OBS actors include Sue Graf, Sue LeGate, Nancy Keith, Chris LeGate and Colin Talbot.

Johnathon Gangemi makes his OBS debut as attorney Larry, Jetta’s husband. For opening weekend only, Jim Thornton will play Larry, because Gangemi will be in the final shows of Community Players’ “Inspector Hound” in Grass Valley. Thornton was cast as Larry and Wally the Fisherman in previous OBS productions.

“Angry Housewives” may not be suitable for younger children.

WHAT: 3Angry Housewives²

WHEN: 8:15 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through April 27, and at 7:15 p.m. April 11 and April 18

WHERE: Off Broadstreet Theatre, 305 Commercial St., Nevada City

ADMISSION: $16 on Thursdays, $17 on Fridays and $18 on Saturdays


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