ALBANY -- At a dockside ristorante in Italy, the story begins with a song made up from the menu. Two friends with fathers that are threatening their happiness by arranging marriages for them to women they don't love turn to a servant to help fix the situation.
This is the premise of the play "Scapino," which is coming to Theatre Albany later this month.
The play, named for the servant portrayed in the storyline, is an adaptation of "Les Fourberies de Scapin" pulled together by Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale. The production has received positive reviews by Broadway critics.
"It's based on a lot of classic plots," said Mark Costello, artistic managing director of Theatre Albany. "(Dale and Dunlop) got together, updated (the play), re-did it and made a more (modern) version of it.
"(The two friends) enlist help (from Scapino) to foul their fathers' plan and marry the girls of their dreams. Of course, it all resolves itself at the end."
Theatre Albany presented "Scapino" 12 years ago, at which time it was a success, Costello said. He expects the same response this time as well.
"Last year I was planning this theater season while I was looking through old files and saw this play," he said. "There is a lot of physical humor and comedy (in the storyline). I certainly do (think it will do well this time)."
The production is being directed by Costello with Steve Felmet handling the set design. Nancy Coleman McLendon is the stage manager, and Tina Justice and Jenny McNair will be in charge of props for the show.
Featured in the production will be Doug Lorber, Kevin Armstrong, Glenn White, Lon McNeil, William Davis, Kyle Wingfield, Kindle Vickers, Sara Mackenzie, Bill Mackenzie, Angela Warren, Mills Pickett, Tim DeMott and T. A. Gatling.
Showings are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Performances will also take place at 8 p.m. March 24, 25 and 26 with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on March 27.
Ticket sales will be open to subscribers as well as the general public beginning Tuesday. Purchases can be made from noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon-2 p.m. on performance Saturdays during the course of the play's run.
Those interested in attending may also come in to reserve their seats one hour prior to curtain time.
There is also a pre-show dinner planned at Cafe 230 on West Broad Avenue on March 25 for $30 per person with cocktails being served from 5:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m. and dinner being served from 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Mail-in reservations for the dinner should be received by March 23.
"Scapino" will be followed by "Guys and Dolls" before Theatre Albany ends its 2010-11 season. Auditions for "Guys and Dolls" will take place March 21 and 22, with the showings set for late May.
For more information, call the box office at (229) 439-7141. Theatre Albany is located at 514 Pine Ave.