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'M*A*S*H' opens at the REP tonight

Hawkeye, Duke and Trapper are at it again

Posted: November 13, 2009 10:39 a.m.
Updated: November 13, 2009 10:35 a.m.

The "Swampmen" of "M*A*S*H" rehearse for the production, which opens at the Repertory East Playhouse in Newhall tonight. The classic comedy deals with U.S. Army doctors during the Korean War.

 
The Repertory East Playhouse will end its 2009 season with the production of the classic comedy "M*A*S*H," by Tim Kelly. The play opens tonight, Friday, Nov. 13, with an Opening Night Gala wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m. and curtain at 8 p.m. The show will run through Dec. 12. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18, $16 for students and seniors. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. For tickets, purchase online at www.repeastplayhouse.org or call (661) 288-0000. The REP is located at 24266 Main St., Newhall, CA 91321.

Artistic Director Ovington Michael Owston said, "This is a very special experience. The production is funded in part by the City of Santa Clarita and their Community Services Grant Program. With their help we will be producing a video of the "characters" in the production, on the set, showing their support and admiration for all soldiers in uniform. We will then edit these vignettes, along with production stills, into a DVD and send about 1,000 of them to our soldiers overseas."

November, 1951. The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is shaken up by the arrival of Captains "Hawkeye" Pierce and "Duke" Forrest - crack surgeons but lousy soldiers. Joined by renowned chest-cutter "Trapper" John McIntyre, the surgeons set about dealing with the daily carnage of the war by raising hell. From getting rid of the idiotic Major Burns to helping the camp dentist commit "suicide," there's no lengths the Swampmen won't go to distract themselves from the horrors of war.

"M*A*S*H" stars a widely talented cast. Leading the antics of the 4077th are Ransom Boynton, Joe Roselund, Jarod Scott, Tony Cicchetti, David Kenny, Erik Klein, Bill Quinn, Daniel Lench, Johnny Schwinn, Jillann Tarara, Amber Van Loon, Sam Strickland, Jill Kocalis-Scott, Henry Bennett, Dave Forster and John Morris.

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