An Ideal Husband on Naples Players stage

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The Naples Players is set to reopen their Tobye Studio Theatre on May 19 with An Ideal Husband. Oscar Wilde’s relevant classic comedy revolves around blackmail and political corruption in late 19th-century England, while delivering endless laughs.
When Mrs. Cheveley (Jamielynn Bucci) arrives in London, she brings only chaos and upheaval with her. She quickly corners Sir Robert Chiltern (Peter McClug) by revealing a past indiscretion. Robert is desperate to keep up appearances when he realizes that his professional reputation is at stake as well as his marriage to Lady Gertrude Chiltern (Tina Moroni); who holds him to impossibly high standards. Robert’s trusted friend, Lord Goring (Mark Vanagas) attempts to assist the Chilterns only to complicate matters further…
An Ideal Husband was originally set to take the stage at the Sugden Community Theatre in 2020. The Naples Players was forced to reschedule it when the theatre closed last March in response to COVID-19.
“While not as famous as The Importance of Being Earnest, we were all taken aback by the relevance and punch of An Ideal Husband to today’s politics. It’s funny, it’s relevant. It’s a great re-entry to the theatre” says executive artistic director Bryce Alexander.
The production is being directed by Alexander’s longtime mentor Steve Wilson, a Denver based director known for his penchant for the classics. “What could be better than coming out of this pandemic with your friend and mentor helping to lead the charge? It’s a homecoming and a fresh start in so many powerful ways.”
Wilson will be leading an all-star cast of Naples favorites, many of whom have become regular staples of The Naples Players most popular shows. The cast includes (in alphabetical): Jamielynn Bucci, Scott Davis, Nathan Eichhorn, Carole Fenstermacher, Shelley Gothard, Peter McClung, Tina Moroni, Chiara Padejka, Mark Vanagas, Tracy Weaver and David Whalley.
To alleviate the concern and spread of COVID-19, the theatre will only be seated to 50% capacity. A red carpet event open to the public is slated for Wednesday, May 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and features local vendors, food, drinks, and live music from the band Chariot.
Performances are Wednesday through Sunday and both general public and season tickets are still on sale at the TNP Box Office. To accommodate the demand for more performances, TNP has added performances on Tuesday, May 25 and Tuesday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. The play runs through June 13. Those interested can visit anytime or call the box office at 239-263-7990.


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