EORT doubles up on one-act plays

One Acts

Screen Shot 2018-03-21 at 11.55.14 AMBAKER CITY — Two comedies highlighting different phases of life will be presented during two weekends in Baker City. The plays are presented by Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre.

Both are one act. The first is “Oh Baby,” designed in the style of a 1950s sitcom.

“It’s pretty much a slapstick comedy,” said Director Scot Violette.

He’s presenting the play in the style of Lucille Ball. The set and costumes are all in black and white, and the actors often look at the audience to play up the response.

Violette will also add a commercial break with advertisements from the 1950s.

“Oh Baby” finds Linda Lou (played by Izzy Wachtel) trying to get out of a babysitting job because she has a better option: a date with Jimmy (John Hurley) who is the cutest boy in school.

None of her friends can help — except Percy (Jordan Remien) who doesn’t know anything about babysitting. Complications arise and soon Percy finds himself impersonating Linda Lou to fool the baby’s mother, played by Jennifer Button.

Emese Marvin plays the child, and Riley Jo Shaw also star in “Oh Baby.”

The second one-act play is “Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn.” It features just two actors, Jorja Culley and Elisabeth Munsell. The audience is taken from teenage angst in the 1950s to a nursing home to listen in on the lives of Clara and Gertrude.

These two very different plays required a special set design.

“In 15 minutes it goes from a black and white set to the inside of a nursing home, all in color,” Violette said.

“Save Me a Place” is also a comedy. Clara and Gertrude laugh it up over the simple things in life — green beans swimming in gravy — and the big things.

“Their funeral plans, unfulfilled love,” Munsell said.

Violette paired these two plays for a reason.

“We’re going to portray the different kinds of comedy,” he said.

Shows will run March 23-25 and again March 30-31. (There is no show Sunday, April 1.) Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m.; Sunday is at 3 p.m. at Iron Gate Theater, 2101 Main St. in Baker City.

Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for EORT members, $8 for students and are available at Betty’s Books, Random Resales and online at bakerlivetheatre.com.

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