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Dawson dinner theater begins Friday evening

DAWSON — “As the Chair Turns,” a dinner theater production of Main Street Theatre in Dawson, begins Friday night and features a low country boil before the presentation.

Performances are planned Friday and Saturday, as well as Sept. 27 and 28. The doors open at 6:15 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. Dinner will include a salad, low country boil, rolls and dessert.

“The cast is wonderful and the play will make you laugh a lot and think a little, which is a nice way to spend a night at the theater,” said Rhonda Gordon, manager of the Main Street Theatre.

Cast members include Wynita Cannon, Maeryn Reynolds, Paul Spratlin, Bob Hanner, Linda Mayo, Steve Reynolds, Paul Takel, Lisa Patton, Kayson Cowart, Addie Lee, Ann Bolton, Charline Kimbrell, Antenetta Florida, Monica Barker, Victoria James, Julie Landrum, Chuck LeVert and Ed Eshmann.

The premise of the play, Gordon said, is that America’s top singing competition has gone from first to worst in the ratings and the network has decided to cancel the show. Just before the script hits the shredder, an anonymous investor steps in to save the show.

Despite the infusion of cash, the expense remains high and the only way to continue is to leave Hollywood and relocate to a rural area of Southwest Georgia known as Graves.

“The show gets a new host from the South Georgia area and the contestants are interesting to say the least,” Gordon said. “As the filming continues, unscrupulous acts begin to emerge. Some are subtle, some are not.

“When America chooses a winner, you will be asking your who is cheating who … as the chair turns.”

Adults tickets are $35 and include both the meal and the production. Tickets for children are $17.

Tickets must be purchased in advanced. Seats are assigned. Call Gordon at (229) 995-5329 for additional details about tickets.

Gordon said those calling should let her know in advance if they are sitting with a group or if that have special seating or dietary needs.