Love Street Playhouse reopens with comedy Beau Jest

Performances scheduled for March 11-27 in Woodland


Love Street Playhouse announces the reopening of its doors. Presenting the comedy, Beau Jest, a hilarious farce by James Sherman playing March 11-27 at Love Street Playhouse, 126 Loves Ave in Woodland. Single tickets are $22 and are on sale Friday (Feb. 18) at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com.

It is with an overabundance of enthusiasm, excitement, and a Big Fat Covid hangover that Love Street Playhouse announces the re-opening of their doors in Woodland.

What a long, strange trip it’s been.

“We closed our doors on March 13, 2020,” says Owner and Artistic Director Melinda Pallotta, “and tried without success to reopen a number of times but always getting the door slammed shut by this pandemic. There was a glimmer of hope in the summer of 2021 as we attempted to get the show, Shadowlands off the ground and once again got some pushback from this pesky virus.”

Love Street Playhouse forged ahead with Shadowlands, opening at the 800-seat Columbia Theatre in Longview and finally, success. “We were able to accomplish what seemed to be an impossible task and it was a rousing success,” states Managing Director Lou Pallotta. “And now we’re back and ready for a fun-filled year of great comedy and drama! We can’t wait to see everyone again.”

About the show

Confusion and chaos ensue when Sarah receives two proposals in the comedy Beau Jest at Love Street Playhouse in Woodland this March. From left, Evan Adent as Chris, Kilee Rheinsburg as Sarah, Adam Pithan as Bob, Larry E Fox as Abe, Sharon Mann as Miriam and Wayne Yancey as Joel. Photo by John Zhang
Confusion and chaos ensue when Sarah receives two proposals in the comedy Beau Jest at Love Street Playhouse in Woodland this March. From left, Evan Adent as Chris, Kilee Rheinsburg as Sarah, Adam Pithan as Bob, Larry E Fox as Abe, Sharon Mann as Miriam and Wayne Yancey as Joel. Photo by John Zhang

Sarah is a nice Jewish girl with a problem: her parents want her married to a nice Jewish boy. They have never met her boyfriend, a nice advertising executive named Chris Kringle. She tells them she is dating a Jewish doctor and they insist on meeting him. She plans a dinner party and, over the heated protests of Chris, employs an escort service to send her a Jewish date to be Dr. Steinberg. Instead, they send Bob Schroeder, an aspiring actor who agrees to perform the impersonation. Happily, he is extremely convincing in the role and Sarah’s parents are enraptured. Soon, even Sarah falls for Bob.

Miriam (center, played by Sharon Mann) sits Bob (left, played by Adam Pithan) and Sarah (right, played by Kilee Rheinsburg) down to discuss wedding plans in the comedy Beau Jest coming this March 11-27 at Love Street Playhouse in Woodland. Tickets available at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com. Photo by John Zhang
Miriam (center, played by Sharon Mann) sits Bob (left, played by Adam Pithan) and Sarah (right, played by Kilee Rheinsburg) down to discuss wedding plans in the comedy Beau Jest coming this March 11-27 at Love Street Playhouse in Woodland. Tickets available at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com. Photo by John Zhang

Director Brenda McGinnis of Vancouver has assembled a talented cast of seasoned veterans for this uplifting, and light comedy. Starring in Beau Jest are Kilee Rheinsburg of Portland playing the role of Sarah; Adam Pithan of Longview plays the role of Bob (aka Dr. Steinberg); Larry E Fox of Longview plays Sarah’s father Abe; Sharon Mann of Vancouver plays Sarah’s mother Miriam; Wayne Yancey of Vancouver plays Sarah’s doubting brother Joel; and Evan Adent of Portland plays the role of Chris.

Beau Jest by James Sherman plays this March 11-27 at Love Street Playhouse in Woodland. A battle for the hand of Sarah plays out in front of the family when Chris (played by Evan Adent) asks Sarah (played by Kilee Rheinsburg) to marry him. Bob (played by Adam Pithan) stops the proposal and asks for her hand as well. Tickets available at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com. Photo by John Zhang
Beau Jest by James Sherman plays this March 11-27 at Love Street Playhouse in Woodland. A battle for the hand of Sarah plays out in front of the family when Chris (played by Evan Adent) asks Sarah (played by Kilee Rheinsburg) to marry him. Bob (played by Adam Pithan) stops the proposal and asks for her hand as well. Tickets available at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com. Photo by John Zhang

The creative team

The creative team includes Brenda McGinnis of Vancouver (director); Love Street Playhouse owner and Artistic Director Melinda Pallotta (producer and set designer), Love Street Owner Lou Pallotta (managing director), Mikail Nordquist of Longview (lighting design), Autumn Bochart (sound design), Corrie Graham (assistant to the director), Lorraine Little of Longview (costume design) and Katya Leuthold (production stage manager).

Sarah (played by Kilee Rheinsburg) pushes boyfriend Chris (played by Evan Adent) out the door so that she can begin her pretend dinner date with her made-up boyfriend, a hired actor playing Dr. David Steinberg (played by Adam Pithan) in Beau Jest playing at Love Street Playhouse in Woodland. Tickets available at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com or by calling (800) 966-8865. Photo by John Zhang.
Sarah (played by Kilee Rheinsburg) pushes boyfriend Chris (played by Evan Adent) out the door so that she can begin her pretend dinner date with her made-up boyfriend, a hired actor playing Dr. David Steinberg (played by Adam Pithan) in Beau Jest playing at Love Street Playhouse in Woodland. Tickets available at www.lovestreetplayhouse.com or by calling (800) 966-8865. Photo by John Zhang.

Single tickets to Beau Jest start at $22 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.LoveStreetPlayhouse.com or by phone at (800) 966-8865. Performances run March 11-27, 2022. 

Performance times:

Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m.

Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m.

Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 27 at 2 p.m. 

The 2022 Love Street season line up

This year, Love Street Playhouse is bringing four productions to the stage starting with the comedy Beau Jest in March. Up next in May is The Explorators Club followed by a Sherlock Holmes twist titled Miss Holmes and rounding out the year with a fun Christmas show titled A Nice Family Gathering. Season Tickets may be purchased online until March 10.

All patrons are required to mask upon entry into the intimate theater to help mitigate the spread of this virus. Seating is assigned. Updated COVID protocols will be addressed on the website as well as information about keeping guests safe in the intimate venue. For the safety of the Love Street actors and staff, masks will be required of all guests until further notice. In addition, the owners have recently added a UV-Air Scrubber to their HVAC system that kills up to 96.5 percent of viruses in the air including COVID.

Local business contributing to Love Street Playhouse include Holland America Flowers, Benno Dobbe, Owner and President, Columbia Bank, Mapleridge House Air BnB in Woodland, Lewis River Studios of Woodland, Third Street Villas in Woodland, Business Cents NW of Vancouver, Woodland Truck Line, Woodland Funeral Home, Erica Rodman of Woodland Real Estate, Lelooska Foundation, Crisp Home Connection of Woodland.

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