Opens February 14 . . . Lord, have mercy on our souls!!
The Stage Door is excited to be presenting “The Best little Whorehouse in Texas” to lead off the second half of the 2013-2014 Season. Written by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, with music and lyrics by Carol Hall, “The Best little Whorehouse in Texas” is directed by The Stage Door’s own Frieda Penn. It promises to be 2-1/2 hours of great fun and entertainment.
The play is set in Gilbert, Texas which lies about 90 miles west of Houston. This little country burg has been home to the “Chicken Ranch” for about 100 years. This is not news to anyone except maybe “a couple of tourists and all Texans still takin’ their suppers outa high chairs. Why, half of the police officers and two thirds of the lawyers in the state of Texas grew up right in this house.” But when “The Watchdog,” Melvin P. Thorpe, gets wind of this information, he turns his attention and his television cameras to this very spot, and the peaceful coexistence between the town of Gilbert and the Chicken Ranch begins to unravel . . .
“Although this show is a lot of fun, it deals with a mature subject matter and there is plenty of language,” says director Penn. “There is no nudity, but there are a lot of ladies running around in some skimpy costumes and some gentlemen in boxers, etc. You won’t see anything you probably don’t see on primetime television on a nightly basis, but parents need to be aware that this is an “R” rated show and it is not appropriate for children.”
Penn continues, “We tried to figure out how to tone down the cussing of Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, but his roughness is a big part of his character, and a huge reason why everything with the Chicken Ranch gets so blown out of proportion. It’s a central part of the story. So, if we cut out a lot of the offensive words, much of the other dialogue wouldn’t make sense. We thought about bleeping him whenever he cussed, like a television censor, but the timing of that would be very difficult and could/would end up being very slapstick and cheesy, which isn’t what we’re trying to achieve. So, in the end, we decided to stay true to the script and hope we don’t offend anyone too deeply. Other than that, I guarantee you will have a toe-tappin’ good time!!”
“The Best little Whorehouse in Texas” opens February 14 at 7:30 p.m. Other show dates are February 15, 21, and 22, also at 7:30 p.m., and February 16 and 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Because it’s a musical and the production royalties are so much higher than a regular show, ticket prices will reflect an increase to help absorb that cost. So, tickets in advance are $12.00 and those purchased at the door will be $15.00. Advance purchases may be made by visiting the theatre’s website at www.stagedooryukon.com or by calling the theatre at 265-1590 (leave a message).
So, start off 2014 by discovering a little cheeky entertainment . . . discover The Stage Door!!
“The Best little Whorehouse in Texas” is being produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. and is being funded in part by a grant from the OAC and NEA.