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‘Bob’s Holiday Office Party’ is back for 18th year of frivolity

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Bring frivolity and hilarity to the holiday season with the 18th edition of “Bob’s Holiday Office Party.” Written by Joe Keyes and Rob Elk, directed by Justin Tanner and produced by Elk, Keyes, Charlie Loventhal and Julian McMahon the party begins 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 4 at Pico Playhouse.

For the uninitiated, the action of the play is set in the office of insurance salesman Bob Finhead of Finhead Insurance in Neuterburg, Iowa (population 382). Bob is carrying on a flirtation with the mayor’s wife, while the mayor himself is busy accommodating a male house guest.

Joe, the alcoholic town sheriff, is attracted to Brandy, the town party girl who is the twin sister of Carol, the minister’s emotionally disturbed wife. There’s one other set of twins in town, La Donna and La Voris Johnson, wealthy farmers who are proud members of the Neuterburg Tea Party.

As the name of the play implies, Christmas is coming soon, which means that Bob is getting ready to throw his annual gathering at his insurance office for his friends and associates. Also dropping in are Marty, the town stoner, expert in “mimery” and all things UFO related; and Elwin Bewee. Elwin was a magnet for bullies while he was growing up. He left town to become a wealthy tycoon and now he’s back.

The Neuterburgers have assembled at Bob’s office to do what they do best: party and drink and party and drink and party and drink and party and drink.

As the holidays approach, Bob has misgivings about his life. He wanted to become an inventor. Will he ever travel on the path of his ambition?

Now that Elwee’s back and filthy rich, he’s plotting revenge on the people of Neuterburg. What will he attempt?

The cast for includes David Bauman, Cody Chappel, Liz Davies, Melissa Denton, Mark Fite, Maile Flanagan, Andrea Hutchman, Johanna McKay, Linda Miller, Pat O’Brien, Michael Halpin, Colleen Wianwright, and playwrights Joe Keyes and Rob Elk. The cast members are all veteran performers of the show.

Note: Suggested for audiences 16 to adult.

“Bob’s Holiday Office Party” opens 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 4 and performs 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday through December 22. Admission is $20 Wednesday and Thursday and $25 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call 800-838-3006 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/467753. Saturday, December 7 is sold out.

Pico Playhouse is located at 10508 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles.

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