The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 14, 2013

Raleigh Playhouse announces change in ‘Same Dress’ production

— The Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre announced that because of “unforeseeable circumstances,” the production of “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” scheduled for the summer, will be moved to a future season.

To take its place, The Raleigh has begun rehearsals for “Laundry and Bourbon” by James McClure. “Laundry and Bourbon” is set on the front porch of Roy and Elizabeth’s home in Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer afternoon. Elizabeth and her friend Hattie are whiling away the time folding laundry, watching TV, sipping bourbon and Coke and gossiping about the many open secrets that are so much a part of small town life.

They are joined by the self-righteous Amy Lee, who cannot resist blurting out that Roy has been seen around town with another woman.

While the ensuing conversation is increasingly edged with bitter humor, from it emerges a sense of Elizabeth’s inner strength and her quiet understanding of the turmoil which has beset her husband since his return from Vietnam. He is wild, and he is unfaithful, but he needs her, and she loves him. And she’ll be waiting for him when he comes home — no matter what others might say or think.  

“Laundry and Bourbon” will show on the already scheduled July play dates. Opening night will be July 12.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact The Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre box office at 304-763-7059 between noon and 4 p.m. Wednesdays thro-ugh Fridays or one hour before any show. Information is also available at www.theraleighwv. com or www. face