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Comedy comes to Geyer stage

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:03 p.m.
Linda Harkcom | For The Independent-Observer
Several members of the cast from AAFC's 'The Curious Savage' rehearse a scene. The show opens Thursday at the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 with a dinner and a show at Miss Martha’s Tea Room $25. First row, from left, are: Kat Post, Adam Kenney and Tracy Kelley. Second row, from left: Martha Oliver and William S. White. Third row, from left: Richard Davis Marilyn Forbes, Patty Gulino and Ernie Watson.

The Geyer Performing Arts Center (GPAC) in Scottdale will play host to the comedic play “The Curious Savage” beginning Thursday and running through Sunday.

Ron Bronson, director of the production, said the play was originally scheduled to hit the GPAC stage last September, but was delayed.

“The reason I chose this show to direct was because I was looking for a comedy that had a nice moral to the story rather than just something with a few chuckles,” he said.

The play takes place in “a home for damaged souls,” or a private sanitarium.

“Mrs. Savage is the main character,” Bronson said. “Her greedy children want her money and they try to get control of the family fortune, but she winds up turning the table on her kids and making fools out of them while she keeps control of her purse strings.”

Martha Oliver will take on the lead role in this production, which has been a sort of dream of hers.

“I've always loved the play and I've always wanted to be Mrs. Savage, but the first time I auditioned (in past years) I didn't get cast and the last time I was cast as (another character),” she said.

“Mrs. Savage's philosophy of life is just wonderful,” Oliver added.

Bronson said he hopes the audiences will respond to the humor.

“There's a lot of quirky, comedic moments in the show, but I hope they will respond also to the moral lessons,” he said.

Oliver said the audience will respond to the comedic, feel-good show.

“It's a show the whole family can enjoy,” she added.

The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday nights and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at or at the door the night of the show.

A dinner-theater option also is available with Miss Martha's Tea Room just up the street from the theater. Reservations can be made by calling the theater at 724-887-0887 or the tea room at 724-887-6574.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.