To launch its 2017-18 season, Act II Playhouse in Ambler is premiering Which Reminds Me, a brand new laugh-out-loud show from its beloved Artistic Director Tony Braithwaite, on stage Aug. 29-Oct. 1.
Which Reminds Me combines stand-up, storytelling, songs, and video to recount Tony’s favorite behind-the-scenes theatre stories. Mishaps, triumphs, and letters from patrons will make their way into these hilarious tales from Ambler’s chief raconteur.
“Unlike movies or TV, which can film their bloopers and mishaps, theatre relies on such stories being passed down from ‘those who were there.'” Braithwaite said. “Over the years I have found myself at dinner parties or coffee klatches sharing stories with friends and family about mishaps, blunders, and behind-the-scenes antics. Some of these stories are hilarious, some are jaw-dropping, and some even happened right here at Act II Playhouse.”
Due to a record number of subscribers, Which Reminds Me has already been extended a week, until Oct. 1. Opening night for press is Friday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
Tickets for Which Reminds Me at Act II Playhouse are $29-$43. Discounts are available for subscribers, students, groups of 10 or more, and seniors 65 and older. Tickets are available online at http://www.act2.org, by calling the Act II box office at (215) 654-0200, or in person at 56 E. Butler Ave. in Ambler.
This production launches Act II Playhouse’s 19th season. Since Braithwaite became Act II’s third artistic director in 2012, the theatre has grown tremendously. Subscriptions have doubled, from 1,250 to nearly 2,500, demonstrating how essential the theatre has become to the area and how cherished Braithwaite is regionally.
For Which Reminds Me, Braithwaite will be joined on stage by pianist Dan Matarazzo. Additional production credits include Patrick Dolan (Video Production), Adam Riggar (Scenic Designer), Patrick Romano (Assistant Writer and Assistant Director), James Leitner (Lighting Designer), Constance Case (Costume Designer) John Stovicek (Sound Designer), and Amanda Coffin (Properties).
Tony Braithwaite is in his sixth year as Artistic Director of Act II Playhouse, having most recently appeared here in Didn’t Your Father Have This Talk with You? and Tomfoolery. Other recent work here includes This Wonderful Life, Electile Dysfunction, and Driving Miss Daisy. Tony has worked in and around Philly since 1995 (as an actor, director, writer, teacher and comic) and has also appeared at 1812 Productions, Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Kimmel Center, Delaware Theatre Company, Hedgerow Theatre, Montgomery Theater, and both the PA and Philadelphia Shakespeare Festivals, among others. Tony is a 13-time Barrymore Award nominee, a 4-time Barrymore M.C., and a 3-time Barrymore winner, including wins for The Big Bang and The Story of My Life (both here at Act II). For 23 years, Tony has also served as Director of Dramatics at his beloved alma mater St. Joe’s Prep, where he is currently directing Newsies.