For stage veterans George and Charlotte Hay, the footlight’s glow is little warmth for careers on the wane. In Buffalo in 1953 as stars of repertory theater productions, they fight time’s march with varied approaches. Charlotte feels she’s missing a chance at silver screen celebrity while George rationalizes the stage’s superiority to film.

When word reaches the couple that legendary movie director Frank Capra is in search of replacements actors, George’s opinion on Hollywood changes. Charlotte, meanwhile, is seething with anger from discovering a recent infidelity by her husband.

When the Hays’ daughter visits with her new fiancé, a mix-up in identities and stage roles wreaks havoc. Enter widespread mayhem, stage left.

The broad humor with touches of slapstick hit Broadway in 1995 and featured the return of Carol Burnett to the Great White Way after a 30-year absence. After 309 performances it earned Tony Award nominations for Philip Bosco and Burnett.

The cast of Chickasaw Civic Theatre includes Kelly and Samantha Teague as George and Charlotte Hay, with E.A. Keeble, Tracie Collier, Ben Tuberville, Jennifer Platt, Steven Castle and David Deane. The director is Leonora Harrison.

All shows at the Lola Phillips Playhouse (801 Iroquois St.) in Chickasaw will run Feb. 12-14 and 19-21. Friday and Saturday curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15.75, $12.60 for seniors and adults.
For more information, call 457-8887 or go to for reservations.

Art museum’s Culture Kitchen filling up
For millennia, humans have left their mark on the world around them, reshaping it to please their eyes. Whether its paintings on cave walls or shaping wood, clay and stone, our urge for creative expression is an essential part of our humanity.

Since humans combed the water’s edge, utilizing the shells they found was a natural component of arts and crafts. Humankind around the global engraved and manipulated calcium carbonate into use as tools, ceremonial vessels and adornment.

Alex Alvarez of Atmore is one of a shrinking number of Native American artisans who practice this waning art. He cites his inspiration in his indigenous heritage and local landscape.

Alvarez will be the special guest at the Feb. 25, 6 p.m. edition of the Mobile Museum of Art’s Culture Kitchen. The blending of food for the mind, soul and body is a quarterly event for the showplace in Langan Park.

The event includes dinner with the artist. The special guest will prepare a meal for attendees to assemble and eat while conversing over a set of guiding questions.

At $15 per attendee, the limited-seating event will fill fast so reservations are a must.

For more information, call 251-208-5200 or go to

MAC members, submissions needed
For members of the Mobile Arts Council, here’s a chance to spread word of your good works. A representative for the Alabama Arts Advocacy Conference has asked MAC for images to include in a slideshow to be played during their conference on April 4-6 at the Capital City Club in Montgomery.

If MAC members have photos from their organization they would like featured, please get them to the MAC Program Coordinator Lucy Gafford. You can reach Gafford at 251-432-9796, ext. 8001 or email her at

For more information on the conference, go to