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Comedy hit ‘Social Security’ opens Friday

By Staff | Sep 1, 2011

From left, Norman Halip, Kevin Hazelton, Chaney Cramer and Joyce Romero star in “Social Security.” Photo by Jack Grace Photography.

KIHEI — ProArts Inc. is proud to present “Social Security”, the laugh-a-minute Broadway comedy hit, as the first production of its fall/winter season.

In bustling Manhattan, trendy art gallery owners Barbara and David have their life upended when Barbara’s uptight sister and brother-in-law, Trudy and Martin, deposit their eccentric mother, Sophie, on their doorstep and then shuttle off to Buffalo to rescue their sexually precocious daughter from college life gone wild.

Sophie moves in and is introduced to Maurice, a suave, aging artist who brightens her life in ways she never expected in her golden years.

“Social Security,” written by Andrew Bergman (“Blazing Saddles,” “Fletch”), features Chaney Cramer as Barbara, Kevin Hazelton as David, Joyce Romero as Sophie, Angela Thompson as Trudy, Jonathan Yudis as Martin and Norman Halip as Maurice.

The show is directed by ProArts veteran Kristi Scott. The Manhattan apartment set is designed by Caro Walker with costumes by Marsha Kelly and lighting by Bonnie Prucha. ProArts productions are produced by Jonathan Lehman.

Opening night is Sept. 2, and the show runs until Sept. 18. The play will be staged Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. There will be no performance on Sept. 4.

The intimate ProArts Playhouse is located at Azeka (Makai) Shopping Center at 1280 S. Kihei Rd. in Kihei. The Playhouse is air conditioned with 80 reserved seats. There is free parking, plenty of nearby restaurants and an art gallery inside currently featuring the art of Marjorie Tyler and others.

ProArts offers reserved seats for adults at $20 and for students 18 & under at $15. Kama’aina nights with a discount for Hawaii residents are scheduled for Sept. 3, 8 and 15.

“Social Security” contains adult content.

Call 463-6550 for tickets or more information.