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The show will run through April 10 at the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego

COURTESY PHOTO: TRIUMPH PHOTOGRAPHY - (Left to Right) Sam Dinkowitz as Leo and Phillip J. Berns as Jack in the Ken Ludwig comedy "Leading Ladies" at Lakewood Theatre Company through April 10.

Stephanie Mulligan, the director of the Lakewood Theatre Company's production of "Leading Ladies," said collaborating with her cast in person has been a joy after waiting nearly two years to do so because of the pandemic.

And she hopes the audience will find the farcical play similarly cathartic.

"I think they will find it charming and they are going to find some romance in it as well," Mulligan said. "What I wanted to do was bring back some lightness and some joy and some laughter when we've been so desperately lacking it."

The theater company will continue its run of the production at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday nights, as well as 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 and 2 p.m. March 20, March 27,April 3 and April 10 at Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego. Mulligan has directed two previous plays at Lakewood and noted that the theater company planned to showcase "Lading Ladies" in 2020, only to be stymied due to the pandemic. She reiterated playwright Ken Ludwig's comment that the play is a mash-up between William Shakespare's "Twelfth Night" and Billy Wilder's 1950s movie "Some Like it Hot."

"There's comic crossdressing and people are disguised because they have an intention, a goal to achieve that cannot be achieved unless they are in disguise," Mulligan said.

The plot follows two struggling Shakespearian actors who try to disguise themselves as the nephews of an old woman to collect inheritance money.

COURTESY PHOTO: TRIUMPH PHOTOGRAPHY - The play is said to be a mash-up between William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and Billy Wilder's 1950s movie "Some Like it Hot."

Mulligan added that the show has ample physical comedy and that she's not doing her job correctly if the audience doesn't laugh at least once per minute. Many of the cast members have performed improv together previously and bring the text to life in impressive fashion, Mulligan said.

"We have humor that's broad and physical. I think of 'I Love Lucy' and classic 'Bugs Bunny' cartoons, and the actors in the show are really up to the task," Mulligan said. "They have such terrific timing and several of them are really physically proficient with comedy."

She also described the set design as beautiful and compared it to a candy box.

"It's big and pink and sunny and full of sweet surprises," Mulligan said.

Mulligan encouraged community members to check the show out.

"We need good laughs more than ever right now," she said.

Tickets are $36 for adults and $34 for seniors. For more information call the box office at 503-635-3901 or online at https://www.lakewood-center.org.

Other upcoming local events

Candidate forum

Want to learn more about candidates for the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners race?

The Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce is hosting a virtual candidate forum for the election at 8 a.m. March 19 via Zoom. Attendees must register beforehand. For more information visit https://wilsonvillechamber.com/events/.

WilsonvilleSTAGE

If you missed WilsonvilleSTAGE's performances of "Kitchen Witches" at Charbonneau Country Club, you're in luck. The theater company will perform again 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25 and 7:30 Saturday March 26 at the Winona Grange, 8340 SW Seneca St. in Tualatin.

At the Garages

Lake Oswego's new music venue At the Garages will host Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm Method with special guest Lisa Mann 7:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19. The trio fuses genres such as zydeco, country, funk, jazz, rockabilly, surf and rock and roll. Tickets cost $22.50 beforehand and $25 the day of the event.

Conversation project

The West Linn Alliance and the West Linn Library are collaborating on a conversation project that will examine how individuals can connect with each other through stressful and polarized times. Facilitator Chisao Hata will lead the virtual conversation about division and unity as well as race and cultural values. For more information visit https://westlinnoregon.gov/library/conversation-project-can-we-get-along.

Outside the Art Room

The Outside The Art Room Teen Art Showcase and Auction will take place 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 18 at Christ Church Episcopal Parish, 1060 Chandler Rd. The event will include a showcase by talented youth artists as well as a silent art auction benefiting Children's Healing Art Project.

Walk With Ease

The Oregon State University Extension Service & Pioneer Community Center is hosting "Walk With Ease," a program formulated by the Arthritis Foundation to encourage walking as a way to improve strength, mobility and health. The six-week class will take place at 9:30 a.m. each Thursday from April 14 to May 26. To register, visit HTTPS://OCRECREATION.ACTIVITYREG.COM.

Dinner and wine event

The Kitchen at Middleground Farms is hosting a Winemaker's Dinner Series 6-9 p.m. March 18 at Lemelson Vineyards, 4651 SW Homesteader Road in Wilsonville. The event will consist of a demonstration cooking class focused on pairing Oregon wines with seasonal food. For more information, visit https://middlegroundfarms.com/dine/.

Spring break farm tours

Triskelee Farm is hosting farm tours March 23-26 at the location in West Linn. The farm offers both small and large farm tours that feature alpacas, goats, ostriches, peacocks, chickens, horses and more. For more information, visit https://triskeleefarm.com/farm-experiences.

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