'Noodles' to be performed at Paxton theater in February

PAXTON — The Tri-County Players will present the comedy “Noodles,” by L. Don Swartz, on Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 20-22 at the Market Street Theater, 120 N. Market St., Paxton.

Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

A special Valentines Day dinner theater will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 14. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30. Ticket prices for the dinner theater are $27 per person or $50 per couple. Admission for all other shows is $12.

For reservations, call 379-7028. Dinner theater reservations must be prepaid.

“Noodles” takes place in the home of the wacky Boodle family. Ned, played by Tom Janowski, is the “normal” son of Ma and Pa Boodle, who some may say are a little off their noodles. Ned’s efforts to bring girlfriends Krystal (Tammy Ross), Nora (Chris Crosby), and Elaine (Tammy Belanger) home to meet his “colorful” family don’t turn out too well.

Ma (Pam Herriott) is a June Cleaver type, while Pa (Reg Green) has sniffed a few too many dry-cleaning fumes at the family business, Boodles Dry Cleaning & Pie Shop. Grandpa (Phil Duling) manages a cat (rescue) house, and sister Lulu (Tina Leffler) is a hypochondriac with an equally germ-o-phobic boyfriend, Luke (Jake Pietkiewicz).

Ever-helpful Jack (Greg Herriott) is a homeless veteran who resides in a cardboard refrigerator box in the Boodle living room. Creatively “original” neighbor Mrs. Doodah-Doodah (Anne Newman) adds to the hilarity. Tammy Belanger directs this daffy look at family life.

With understated humor, the final scenes explain everything and will leave you feeling pretty good about your own weird family, which just might help you view them with a kinder eye and an open heart.  

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