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'Whatever, Baby Jane' returns to The Ringwald for comedic summer 'camp'

We know it's summer when The Ringwald Theatre opens its vaults to re-release the perennial, campy crowd-pleaser, “Whatever, Baby Jane.” Written by Dyan Bailey and Brandy Joe Plambeck, this is an original parody of the classic 1962 film “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,” which famously starred Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. In a proper send-up of Hollywood’s most notorious divas, Joe Bailey performs in the Bette Davis role as Baby Jane Hudson and Richard Payton plays the Joan Crawford role of her sister Blanche.

Joe Bailey and Richard Payton star as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the parody, "Whatever, Baby Jane" now at The Ringwald Thetre.
Courtesy of The Ringwald Theatre

“Whatever, Baby Jane” tells the story of the Hudson sisters, former child star Baby Jane Hudson and her sister Blanche, who has become a famous actress in her own right. After a terrible accident that has left Blanche in a wheelchair, the two sisters now live in seclusion in a big, sprawling mansion. Owing to a lethal combination of alcoholism and guilt, Jane has become seriously delusional and increasingly evil. Planning her big comeback, Jane is pushed over the edge when she discovers that Blanche has plans to sell the mansion. As the bodies start piling up, the question becomes whether or not any one will be able to stop Baby Jane in time to save Blanche.

Of course, at The Ringwald, all this violent lunacy is played for big laughs. And we are assured that, although Davis and Crawford reportedly hated one another and set out to sabotage each other at every turn, the cast of Whatever, Baby Jane” is getting along famously – so far.

In addition to Joe Bailey and Richard Payton, the cast includes Dyan Bailey and Joel Mitchell. Brandy Joe Plambeck directs. Set design is by Alexander Henderson Trice and costume design is by Bailey Boudreau.

“Whatever, Baby Jane” opens this Friday, July 11, 2014 and plays through Monday, August 4, 2014 at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Monday nights with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Ticket prices are $20.00 for Friday and Saturday performances, $15 for Sunday shows, and Monday nights are half off the original ticket price at only $10 a ticket. All students can now receive a $5 discount off normal ticket price on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances (available at the box office the day of the show with valid student ID). Tickets can be purchased at or at the theatre box office. The Ringwald box office opens 45 minutes before performances and tickets can be purchased with cash or Visa/Mastercard.

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