Published 12:20 p.m. MT Sept. 6, 2017 | Updated 12:22 p.m. MT Sept. 6, 2017
Playwrights Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore must have brainstormed ideas when they were trying to create their script. Fortunately for audiences, one of those ideas was “Let’s have the whole play take place in a bathroom!”
The result was “Bathroom Humor,” which is the latest dinner theater offering from Act Normal theater troupe in September at the 3D International Restaurant in Black Eagle.
The play’s premise is that two of the characters are having a house party, and the audience is “privy” to all the zany interactions that take place in the house’s restroom.
“It’s definitely adult humor,” said Act Normal founder Tianta Stevens, “but it’s nothing disgusting that’s going to spoil anybody’s dinner.”
Act Normal, LLC, does dinner theater shows several times a year as well as private parties on occasion, and this is the troupe's fourth season. This particular show has been a long time in the works, as cast scheduling conflicts pushed the date back a bit.
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The end result, though, was a cast that includes returning actors Melanie Hauer, Joe Ryan, Angela Biddle, Dan Mitchell and Dave Hagins. Performers Josh Wendt and Glen Weeks make their public debut with the troupe, as well.
For Wendt, it’s his first time acting with Act Normal, and Stevens said she’s been trying to get him on board since she founded the group.
Weeks has acted in one private party for Stevens, but this will be his first public performance with Act Normal. Both Wendt and Weeks are seasoned actors, however, and bring some great comedic experience to the stage.
“I have a history working with them in the past,” said Stevens, “so I’m really excited to have them join Act Normal on this.”
In addition to directing, Stevens will be acting in this play—a responsibility she enjoys but never plans on.
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Even if you think theater isn’t really your thing, Stevens says dinner theater is always a good time.
"We invite people who haven’t been to any of our shows yet to come experience this,” she said, “especially people who have never been to any kind of theater production. I think this is a good starting point for them.”
Although some Act Normal shows feature audience participation and interaction, this particular show does not, so theater newbies needn’t worry about being called on the boards.
Act Normal has built quite a following in Great Falls, so shows sell out fast. Stevens encourages getting your tickets as far in advance as possible by calling 406-781-9839 or visiting the 3D International Restaurant.
Show dates are Sept. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30. The doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner and the show get started at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40, which includes dinner, show and gratuity. There’s also a full bar available during the show.
Reach Tribune Staff Writer Traci Rosenbaum at 791-1490. Follow her on Twitter @GFTrib_TRosenba.
- What: "Bathroom Humor" Dinner Theater
- When: 7 p.m. Sept. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30
- Where: 3D International Restaurant
- Cost: $40
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