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'Be My Baby' starts at Canyon Theatre Guild Saturday night

Posted: April 2, 2010 1:30 p.m.
Updated: April 2, 2010 1:30 p.m.

Ken Ludwig's popular comedy "Be My Baby" opens at the Canyon Theatre Guild Saturday night.

"Be My Baby" is a delightful comedy that will touch the heart as well as the funny bone as two opposites meet, clash and find that you're never too old to fall in love. Multi-faceted playwright Ken Ludwig based the two main characters on his parents, who were also polar opposites.

John and Maude meet at his ancestral mansion in Scotland when his ward is about to marry her niece. They take an instant dislike to each other. Maude thinks John is crude and cheap, and John thinks Maud is uppity and opinionated. She's English, he's Scottish, and never the twain shall meet. The young couple is seemingly perfectly suited even though Christy, the groom (Brian Petro), and Gloria, the bride (Amanda McMurray), are flighty and very young. After Gloria suffers a miscarriage, they discover they will be unable to have children, so they are in the process of adopting a new born baby from California. While Gloria is recovering from her trauma, California calls to say the baby must be claimed immediately, so the older couple is asked to put aside their differences and to travel 6,000 miles to San Francisco to pick up the child.

This show is cleverly crafted so that all the other roles are played by the same two actors: George Cummings is Adam, and Mimi Oden is Eve. Under the direction of Ingrid Boydston, who directed last year's comedy hit, "Leading Ladies" (also by Ken Ludwig), "Be My Baby" is poised to be warm, funny, a little madcap and an evening of theater you won't want to miss.

"Be My Baby" opens on April 3 with a champagne and wine reception. There will be 8 p.m. performances on April 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and May 1, and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on April 11 and 25. Ticket prices are $10-$12 for juniors and seniors and $12-$15 for adults. The Canyon Theatre Guild is located at 24242 Main Street, Old Town Newhall. Call the box office for reservations at (661) 799-2702.


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