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Paradise Playhouse presents ‘Unnecessary Farce’ in dinner/theater format

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Paradise Playhouse Dinner Theatre & Events Center unveiled it’s current show "Unnecessary Farce," on March 28 to a larger than expected crowd with the show continuing for the next 4 weekends until April 12, according to Andy Tyhurst, executive artistic director.

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“Unnecessary Farce,” by Paul Slade Smith brings together a group of two cops, three crooks, eight doors and lots of comedy action, Tyhurst said. According to information from Tyhurst, the play takes place in an economy mote room where a sting operation awaits to record and catch a shady mayor, his female “accountant” while police await in an adjoining room. But, of course, something goes wrong–terribly wrong. There seems to be confusion. Who is occupying which room? Who is being videotaped? Who is taking the money? Who hired a hit man? And, why does the accountant keeps taking off her clothes?

Leah Johnson directs her cast of Kansas City actors, Tom Westervelt, Dawn Stevenson, Diane Bulan, Patrick Simpson, Michael Blodgett, Larry Tesar, Sharon Powell.

“Unnecessary Farce” marks Artistic Director, Tyhurst’s first show in his new position.

“We opened last weekend March 21, and it was very strong by box office receipts for an opening weekend, and the show runs three more weekends,” Tyhurst said. I am encouraged. There was a lot of energy all weekend. It was really vibrant over the weekend with lots of smiles.”

Kansas City actress, Diane Bulan, makes her Paradise Playhouse debut on our stage. She is great and hilarious in her role of Karen, Tyhurst said. Another note, Sharon Powell who plays the Mayor's wife is a retired elementary school principal and is running for City Council of Excelsior Springs.

"I am very proud of this cast, crew and director Leah Johnson” Tyhurst said. “This group has worked through mass amounts of transition here at Paradise and they have handled it all gracefully with tremendous professionalism which shows in their great performances."

“Unnecessary Farce,” runs Mar 21-Apr 12 with Fri-Sat. curtain at 7:45p.m. Dinner begins at 6:15p.m.; Sunday curtain goes up at 1:30p.m. with dinner starting at noon. The buffet dinners are provided by The Golden Ox of Kansas City.

Cast members are: Tom Westervelt, Eric; Dawn Stevenson, Billie; Diane Bulan, Karen; Patrick Simpson, Agent Frank; Larry Tesar, Mayor Meekly; Sharon Powell, Mary Meekly, Michael Blodgett, Todd.

As one of the changes to the Paradise Playhouse, Tyhurst announced that the venue will now host an Industry night. The first ever Industry Night comes on April 10.

Dinner and show tickets are: $30 to $32 at Paradise Playhouse Dinner Theatre, 101 Spring St, Excelsior Springs, MO For information, call the box office (816) 630-3333, or, go to the website: