Unnecessary Farce

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Hearn Stage closed until further notice

Changes due to COVID-19: Here at City Park Players, the health and safety of our patrons and volunteers is a top priority.  As such, we will be following CDC guidelines as we make decisions about events scheduled in the next several weeks.  We are postponing our performances of “Unnecessary Farce”, originally scheduled to open March 26th. We will do what we can to reschedule events if possible.  Currently, all activity at the Hearn Stage/Kress Theatre has been temporarily suspended. This closure is in effect until further notice.

Thank you for your support as we all navigate through these uncertain times. The show will go on–eventually!



Unnecessary Farce

by Paul Slade Smith


COMEDY - Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there's some confusion as to who's in which room, who's being videotaped, who's taken the money, who's hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes.

"Can a playwright re-invent the comic shtick of in-one-door, innuendo, out-the-other-door? In the case of Unnecessary Farce, the answer is yes. Smith's play is dazzlingly funny, with one silly bit overlapping the next... The Marx Brothers updated in tempo and relevance for today's world." - Tom Helma, City Pulse (Michigan) 

"The laugh-out-loud comedy has everything one can hope for in a modern-day farce: two likeable cops operating way out of their league, a supposedly crooked mayor with impeccable timing, his innocent-acting wife, a shy accountant with a penchant for dropping her drawers, a nervous double agent who's like to get IN those drawers, a Scottish hit man whose brogue gets thicker the angrier he gets, two adjoining hotel rooms, simmering sexual tension and eight doors a slammin'." - Donald V. Calamia, Between the Lines (Michigan)


Directed by: Maura Herboldsheimer, Jim Weinzettle, and Teresa Louis



Eric........Kevin Keeran
Karen....Jill Dupont
Billie......Caroline Randall
Mayor...Jim Smilie
Frank.....Rick Taylor
Todd......Don Stewart
Mary......Debbie Dollar



March 26 - April 5 


All City Park Players shows are on Hearn Stage at Kress Theatre

Thursday-Saturday shows: 7:30pm

Sunday shows are a matinee only: 2:30pm



Thursday : $5

General : $15

Senior (>60) & Military : $12

Students : $7

Advance tickets available for purchase.  Doors open 30 minutes before each performance.

For more information, please contact us at:  cityparkplayers@gmail.com.


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