A Comedy!


A Comedy
By Alan Ayckbourne
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
and Select Sundays at 2pm
February 22 through March 23

HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES, a unique comedy by Britain's Neil Simon, Alan Ayckbourne, is the next offering of the season at Eastpointe's Broadway Onstage Live Theatre when it opens on Friday, February 22. The comedy portrays 3 couples who are connected by the men's work. It runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Select Sundays at 2pm through Saturday, March 23.

Select Sunday Matinees are only performed at Broadway Onstage when a prearranged group of 30 or more is scheduled to attend. Broadway Onstage Live Theatre is located at 21517 Kelly Rd. at Toepfer (8 ˝ Mile Rd.) in Eastpointe. The theatre is the home of the patented TeeVeeStage™ Presentation system, which employs cameras above the audience and monitors above the stage to provide audience members with different viewing perspectives of the live stage performance. Broadway Onstage Live Theatre is also the home of Dennis Wickline Productions, Inc., which began producing Non-Equity professional live theatre on the Eastside of Detroit in February of 1980.

HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES is staged on the overlapping living areas of two couples, the Fosters and the Phillips. It is 1978. Frank Foster is the boss. Bob Foster is one of Frank's employees. As the play opens it becomes obvious that Fiona, Frank's wife, has had some sort of romantic liaison with Bob. Terry, Bob's wife, becomes increasingly suspicious when unusual phone calls occur and the fact that Bob was out all evening the night before. Frank also questions the whereabouts of Fiona that same night. To make excuses, both Bob and Fiona use a third couple, the Detweilers, as their alibi. The plot thickens when Frank announces that he is promoting William Detweiler into his department and has invited the Detweilers for dinner that night, Thursday. When Bob uses the Detweilers as his excuse for being out all night, Terry decides to invite them for dinner on the following evening, Friday. The following scene is a dinner in both living areas, one on Thursday evening and one on Friday evening. The misinformation, confusion and supposed liaisons continue through a delightful conclusion in Act Two.

The cast of HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES at Broadway Onstage is enormously talented. Portraying Fiona is Krista Schafer. Ms. Schafer portrayed Veronica in GOD OF CARNAGE at Broaway Onstage earlier this season. Frank is played by Christopher Oakley. Mr. Oakley has directed a number of shows at Broadway Onstage and returns to the stage after a long absence. The Phillips are portrayed by Charles Davis and Sharron Nelson. Mr. Davis was seen as Miles in THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! at the Eastpointe Theatre earlier this season. Ms. Nelson was also in that production, as Falon, as well as portraying Annette in GOD OF CARNAGE.

John Arden McClure and Stella Rothe complete the cast as the Detweilers. Mr. McClure has been in a number of productions at Broadway Onstage including the recent TRENT'S LAST CASE, as Trent, a script he also dramatized. Ms. Rothe was also in that production, as Mabel. HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES is under the able direction of Donna DiSante. Ms. DiSante directed the original as well as subsequent versions of THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS at Broadway Onstage, as well as taking on the lead role of Minnie in later years. Patrick Sharpe acts as Stage Manager.

Tickets for Opening Night, Friday, February 22 are $15. Tickets for all other performances are $18. Again, Broadway Onstage is located at 21517 Kelly Rd. at Toepfer (8 1/2 Mile Rd.) in Eastpointe, Michigan. Ticket Reservations are strongly recommended by calling (586) 771-6333.

KRISTA SCHAFER (Fiona) - Krista just portrayed Veronica in our production of GOD OF CARNAGE this past fall. She first appeared on our stage as Lorraine in 2010-2011's opener THE SEX MANIAC. She also has a wealth of experience in a variety of professional venues across the country. Krista received her B.S. in Theatre at Northwestern University. She has appeared in a number of films and videos. She also has appeared in a number of professional productions in California and Philadelphia, including A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM as Helena and RICHARD III as Queen Elizabeth, among others. She was seen as Agnes in DANCING AT LUGHNASA in Bakersfield, California as well as the Angel in ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART I for the same theatre. She was seen as Roxanne in INDECENT PROPOSALS for the Actor's Theatre of New Orleans and Catherine in PROOF for the same company. We're happy to have her with us again. Welcome back, Krista!

CHRISTOPHER OAKLEY (Frank) - Christopher is appearing on our stage after a long absence, but he has still been very active for our company. He directed last summer's THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! and summer 2011's THE SEX MANIAC. He also directed 2010's THE SOCIAL SECURITY MURDERS. He directed our fall 2009 production of MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON'S and our fall 2008 production of MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS. Christopher directed our 2007 production of A THOUSAND CLOWNS and our fall 2006 production MISTER 80%. He directed Avon Players' 2007 production of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, and also directed YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU there. In September of 2006, he directed Grosse Pointe Theatre's opening production DIAL "M" FOR MURDER, and he directed our production of THE FOURSOME in January of 2006, and our EPIC PROPORTIONS in the spring of 2005. He has directed a number of our most successful productions, including BREAKING LEGS several seasons ago, and our production of CRIMES OF THE HEART in the summer of 2001. He also directed our spring 2002 production of MISERY. In January of 2002, Christopher portrayed Lord Fancourt Babberly to great acclaim in Grosse Pointe Theatre's CHARLEY'S AUNT. He has been with us since the beginning of Broadway Onstage. Thanks for everything, Chris!

SHARRON NELSON (Teresa) - Sharron was just seen as Margot in DIAL M FOR MURDER and before that as Annette in our version of GOD OF CARNAGE. She was also seen as Peggy Lou Caccetti in our closing musical from last season, MOTHER SUPERIOR'S HABITS and as Falon in this season's opener THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! She appeared as Estelle in THE SEX MANIAC and Molly in LOVE SONG in 2011, in 2010 as Susan in THE CRAZY TIME and also choreographed and appeared as Madame Ziegfried in A MUSICAL SALUTE TO VAUDEVILLE AND BURLESQUE to close our 2010-2011. Also last season, Sharron appeared as Lauren in THE CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER, SCROOGE THIS! during the Holidays. She is a theatrical veteran. She appeared as Felicia in our fall 2009 production THE WEREWOLF OF THE FULL MOON. She appeared here as Nurse Kelly in HARVEY and Miss Poppenghul in MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS in the fall of 2008. She was also seen here in the spring of 2008 in WEEKEND COMEDY (as Jill) and in the summer of 2007 as Abby in our hit comedy RED HOT MAMAS. She portrayed Sophia for us in the spring of 2007 in NEIL SIMON'S FOOLS. She is quite active with Grosse Pointe Theatre, and portrayed Louise in their version of EPIC PROPORTIONS in January 2007, and was seen in their 2008 production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. She was just seen in their Purdon Studio Theatre production of THE EXONERATED and has also has served on their Board of Directors and choreographs and directs for the Youth on Stage program. She can be seen in the Sundance film BILAL'S STAND as the high school counselor and on STARZ TV as Coach Powers in the "Space Invaders" episode of the WANNABES. Other film credits include playing the role of Mary in MARY'S BUTTONS a local film about the first Michigan sheriff shot in the line of duty and she was recently cast in the James Franco film project TAR and the MIDNIGHT HOUR TV episode of "Say No More". Sharron also teaches power skating to hockey players. It's a pleasure to have her with us. Welcome back, Sharron!

CHARLES DAVIS (Bob) - Charley was just seen as Miles in last summer's THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! He appeared as Joseph Ballard in 2011's THE PROBLEM OF CELL 13. He portrayed Stu for us in our season closer of 2010, THE SCOTTISH PLAY. He has a wealth of experience in other venues. He is a longtime member of both Fine Arts Society of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Theatre and is a Past President of Fine Arts 2007-2008. He just directed Fine Arts production of THE BIRDCAGE. He has been seen in a number of exciting and varied roles. He was Brutus in JULIUS CAESER at Wabash College in 1990. He was recently seen as George Noonan in Jeff Daniels' THE VAST DIFFERENCE for Fine Arts. Charley has also been seen on a number of occasions at Grosse Pointe Theatre. He was Frank Lubey in their production of ALL MY SONS in 2005, and portrayed Albert Kramer in their 2005 production of DEAR RUTH. He has also been see in local films, including one of the InZero episodes for When Thoughts Collide Productions. It is great to have Charley with us again. Thanks, Charley!

JOHN ARDEN MCCLURE (William) - John opened our season this past summer as Captain "Bangs" in THE GREAT AMERICAN SEX FARCE! He followed that by portraying Inspector Hubbard in DIAL "M" FOR MURDER and took on the role of Justine in CHRISTMAS BELLES and Phillip Trent in TRENT'S LAST CASE, a script he also wrote. John gave very memorable performances as Beane in LOVE SONG, Herb in THE CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER, SCROOGE THIS!, Grant in CAHOOTS, and Nick in OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS last season. He also stage managed THE SEX MANIAC in the summer of 2011, and has stage managed other productions. He took on the title roles in our closer in 2009 DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE to great acclaim and has appeared here in numerous other productions. John's first appearance on our stage was in 2005 as Charley in THE BOOK OF MURDER. John is also a theatrical veteran for other area groups, having portrayed Ranger Tom in ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT, Bozidar in DEAR SANTA, and Trent in THE LAST RESORT for Starbrite Dinner Theatre. He is also a member of Grosse Pointe Theatre, having portrayed Anthony Marston in TEN LITTLE INDIANS and Kenny Norman in PROPOSALS. We welcome him back to our stage!

STELLA ROTHE (Mary) - Stella just appeared as Mabel in TRENT'S LAST CASE. Stella's first acting role was playing Luisa in THE SOUND OF MUSIC at age 8, at Broadway Onstage Live Theatre. She originated the role of Kyleigh in two runs of A CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER SCROOGE THIS!, and - as a teenager - acted in TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CURSE OF THE SIGN OF FOUR. She was seen last spring as Caitlain in OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS. She is also active with other area groups on a professional and community level. For Warren's Shakespeare in the Park, she was Assistant Director and Lady Montague. She was the Choreographer for TINKERBELL VISITS STORYLAND at The Marquis Theatre and just completed ANNE OF GREEN GABLES for Warren Civic Theatre as Assistant Director and appeared onstage as Mrs. Allan. Welcome back, Stella!

PATRICK SHARPE (Stage Manager) - Patrick was just seen as John Marlowe in TRENT'S LAST CASE. He was seen as Eric Pinderson in our Holiday Comedy THE CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER, SCROOGE THIS! in 2011. He also took on the role of Al in CAHOOTS in January and February of last year. Patrick is an enormously talented gentleman with a wide variety of experiences. He is a talented singer, and was a member of the Macombers vocal troupe. He has appeared at Broadway Onstage on a number of occasions, including PIPPIN (in the title role), THE COCOANUTS and FOOTLIGHT FRENZY. He entered the Directing ranks, several seasons ago, by tackling a revival of the delightful musical BYE, BYE BIRDIE. Patrick also gave a memorable performance as Danny in our world premiere Black Comedy MOONLIGHT SERENADE several seasons ago, and was also seen in THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG that season. Patrick portrayed Sebastian in TWELFTH NIGHT for us in 2001. He was also seen as Cameron in our golf comedy THE FOURSOME in 2006. He is very active with Curtain Up! Theatre Company, and serves on their Board of Directors. We're truly honored to have him in our cast, and its a pleasure to be working with him again. Thanks, Patrick!

DONNA DISANTE (Director) - Donna directed each version of THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS through 2006 and then took on the role of Minnie for the four subsequent productions. She appeared as Emma and Co-Directed our spring 2012 production OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS. Donna appeared as Veta in HARVEY and Addie in THE LADIES OF HARMONY several seasons ago, as well as directing our spring 2009 production of MIXED EMOTIONS. She has also appeared on our stage on several other occasions. She was Miss Prism in our season closer in 2005, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and appeared as Person 1 in EPIC PROPORTIONS. Donna also directed our production of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Golden Lion Dinner Theatre in 1984. She was very involved in the early years of the Attic Theatre, and the Grand Circus Exchange in Detroit. She is a Past President of Grosse Pointe Theatre, and has directed a number of productions for them, including SABRINA several seasons ago and GODSPELL just recently. She is always a joy to work with, and we're happy to have her lend her considerable talents to this production. Thanks, Donna!

DENNIS WICKLINE (Producer/Set Design) - Dennis was just seen as Edna in Grosse Pointe Theatre's HAIRSPRAY. He was seen here as Olin in THE CHRISTMAS CAROL CAPER, SCROOGE THIS! and Frank in OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS last season. Dennis portrayed Hector in THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS here in December of 2010. He portrayed Miles in our spring 2010 comedy THE CRAZY TIME as well as appearing as Ty in THE SCOTTISH PLAY to close our 2009-2010 Season. He portrayed David O'Selznick in MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS and Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY in the fall of 2008. He was seen as Major Powell in CORPSE and Frank in WEEKEND COMEDY here in 2008. Dennis was also seen as Bradley in THE COCKTAIL HOUR in the fall of 2004, among other productions. He is the producer of all shows at Broadway Onstage. He began producing theatre in February of 1980 at Stouffer's Eastland. This season is his thirty-second of producing non-Equity professional theatre in the Detroit Metropolitan area. He is the author of a number of plays and musicals, including THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS. He also appeared as Fagin in Grosse Pointe Theatre's 2001 production of OLIVER! and was seen as Joe Keller in their production of ALL MY SONS in March of 2005. Dennis was also seen here in the thriller THE WOMAN IN BLACK in the fall of 2002, portraying 5 separate characters. He also directed GPT's 2005 SHOWBOAT and 2008's JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT.