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Sandy Actors Theatre is staging 'Making God Laugh' - a play based on the premise that life can't always be plnned - starting Friday, Jan. 2.

COURTESY PHOTO  - SATs production of Making God Laugh will run through Feb. 2 with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sundays. Ever heard the phrase "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans?" Well on Friday, Jan. 10, the Sandy Actors Theatre will make that expression come to life with a production of Sean Grennan's "Making God Laugh."

"Making God Laugh" will be the first of the theater's 2020 season, and though the new season is without a theme, the overall idea of the show is that life can't always be planned.

Grennan depicts that concept through the lives, disfunction and growth of one family over the course of 30 years, starting in 1980 when lead characters Ruthie and Bill's three children are in their 20s.

With holiday scenes from different decades of the family's lives, the audience gets to know each character and the conflicts they have with each other. From the religious and controlling mother to the scheming elder son to the aspiring priest, the characters create a comedy of errors and unexpected occurrences.

"It's funny, poignant and sad," said director Joni Tabler. "I think it will appeal to people because of the family dynamics. (The audience is) along for the ride to see how things unfold in this family."

Tabler added that those old enough to have first-hand experience will appreciate the flashback to the '80s and the connections and references made to Pacer cars, Enron and the beginnings of Google.

The cast is mainly thespians new to the SAT scene, but Tabler is optimistic about the production.

"I'm really excited," Tabler said. "It's a really good cast."

The Wy'East Artisans Guild will present a new show inspired by the upcoming play called "Dreams" at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the lobby of the Sandy Actors Theatre.

"Dreams can be imaginative and abstract, or as realistic as a photograph," said guild artist Becky Hawley, referring to the show. "Guild artists explore their dreams through their chosen medium and in their own style."

The art show will open with a reception and a few words from the artists on their artwork. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the artists will speak at 7 p.m. After the reception, guests are invited to see a special performance of the play for $10.

The play will run through Feb. 2 with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sundays.

For more information on the production, visit sandyactorstheatre.org.

If you go

What: "Making God Laugh," written by Sean Grennan and directed by Joni Tabler

When: Friday, Jan. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 2.

Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Sandy Actors Theatre, 17433 Meinig Ave.

Cost: Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, veterans and students and $13 for children. Active duty military officers in uniform are admitted free.


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