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Winter Park / Theatre: Lust, love and all the regrets in between

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

The Grand Theatre Company announces the opening of its next feature, “Romantic Fools” at 7 p.m. tonight. A Vaudeville-style comedy piece written by Rich Orloff, the play is a new hit comedy showcasing the joys and tribulations of dating and relationships.

The Foolish Theatre Company first debuted the feature for the New York theatre scene in the winter of 2004 and the Grand Theatre Company is the first theatre in Colorado to produce the show.

Kimberlee Nanda, company co-owner with her husband Tanny, said the play is in a similar style to “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

As part of the Colorado Theatre Guild, she and Tanny “decided to be one of the theatres in Colorado that feature new plays.” She said the company receives information on new plays on a regular basis, some of which aren’t even yet published, and that they heard about “Romantic Fools” through the Guild. They read the script on the Web site and found it to be “hysterical. We thought, based on the success of ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ that this show would have similar successes as it is in a similar style and humor.”

The two-person “Romantic Fools” show stars the Nanda couple, who will portray the different characters in all 12 scenes. Scenes are titled “Find Me a Primitive Man,” “Nightmare with a Sexy Skirt,” “One Man’s Secret Desire,” “At the Orgy,” “The Sheep (or Much Ado About Mutton),” “The Stepford Guy,” “Nice Tie,” “Power is the Greatest Aphrodisiac of Them All,” “Vegetarians in Lust,” “Spaghetti Overture,” “The Wedding Planner” and “Bride and Gloom.”

The two-character comedies examine romance, dating, love and lust – “from a date with a caveman (Find Me a Primitive Man) to the joys of dull sex (One Man’s Secret Desire) to the surprise frustrations of having a perfect mate (The Stepford Guy).” Orloff’s story is said to encompass influences from not only classic vaudeville comedy, but of Monty Python, Saturday Night Live, Jules Feiffer and the Marx Brothers – “these sketches vary in style but all celebrate the inherent comedy of male-female relationships.”

The play simply starts out with one man and one woman, a simple set and the present time and ends leaving audiences sore from “side-splitting” laughter.

Orloff is said to be “one of the most popular unknown playwrights in the country” and his plays have received more than 400 productions and many awards. He is known for more than 40 titles, including “Oy,” “Advanced Chemistry,” “Domestic Tranquility,” “Mars Needs Women, But Not As Much As Arnold Schecter” and “Matterhorn.”

Curtains open to “Romantic Fools” at 7 p.m. with shows scheduled Jan. 25 and 26; Feb. 1, 2, 8, 14, 16, 22 and 28; and March 1, 7, 13, 15, 21, 27 and 29. It will rotate with the Grand Theatre Company’s next feature, “A Tribute to James Taylor and Carole King,” which opens Saturday, Feb. 9, and features Yaniv Salzberg as Taylor and Kimberlee as King.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students, and a full cocktail and dessert service is available before, during and after the shows. “Romantic Fools,” rated R for sexual content and language, is not intended for children.

The Grand Theatre Company is a non-profit organization. If interested in becoming a sponsor, call (970) 726-5048. The Grand Theatre Company is located in Units 202 and 203 at the Park Place Shopping Center, next to the Silver Screen Cinema.


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