A stage comedy by Rosemary Frisino Toohey
Directed by Thomas Carroll
87-year-old Gladys’ days of munching donuts and scouring the obituaries seem numbered when Death himself comes knocking on her door one morning. Ready to whisk her off into the great unknown, her cheerful grim reaper is startled by Gladys’ stubborn refusal to expire. In order to push Gladys toward the light, he ushers in a parade of obnoxious friends and relatives who nitpick and whine. He also gives her a taste of nursing home life from an inmate’s point of view. Suddenly, the afterlife doesn’t look so bad…
All performances start at 5:30 pm.
Cast Alice Averett • Originally from San Francisco, and Eugene, Alice Averett chose to retire in Puerto Vallarta with her husband, who originally came to The Boutique Theatre to fix a toilet! He was subsequently invited to play a small part in one of our plays, while Alice was asked to play a streetwalker. With no prior acting experience, she has delightfully participated in over 13 plays at The Boutique. Rick Bodensteiner • This is Rick’s second time acting in a play at The Boutique Theatre. His first acting experience ever was last season’s production of Love, Valour, Compassion where he played Perry. He’s having fun developing the eccentric character of Mort in this season’s Gladys in Wonderland. Rick has been living in Puerto Vallarta now for 3 years with his husband, Roger Vickery, and he is thoroughly enjoying the experience of being involved in community theater. Anne Bruce Montreuil • Anne Bruce Montreuil is retired from retail and fortunate to spend six months a year in Puerto Vallarta with the remainder of the year in Ontario. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart for 50 years, has two children, five grandchildren, and feels very blessed to participate in her first theatrical performance ever. Thomas Carroll • Thomas Carroll has lived in Puerto Vallarta for over three years. He is now retired, after 40 years of teaching, but found himself looking for a new creative outlook. He has now appeared in six different shows, in 10 different roles, at two different theaters! This is hist first foray into the field of directing. Having worked under the direction of Ralph Hyman, Lynne Dellinger, and Allen McMullen, he appreciates this new challenge and the support of his directors, fellow actors, crew, and his husband of 32 years, Frank Harrison. Steve Crovo • Steve Crovo has just retired this last year so he decided to start looking for new avenues to try. This is his first time at acting. While inexperienced, he quickly developed his character, taking the rest of the cast and director by surprise! Lydia Damato • Originally from New Jersey, Lydia has been a Puerto Vallarta resident for the past 14 years. is a 14 year resident of Puerto Vallarta. She began her acting exploration with The Boutique Theatre in 2016 appearing in Ripcord, The Savannah Sipping Society and Harvey. Lydia is an avid dog rescuer and volunteers with the weekly Colima Free Spray and Neuter Clinic. She enjoys her position as Incanto Vallarta’s Hospitality Coordinator and lately has begun to explore her singing capabilities. Lynne Dellinger • Hailing from Philadelphia, Lynne is a retired teacher of visually impaired students. She has lived in Puerto Vallarta for 5-6 months every year since 2014 with her husband and dog. Lynne has participated in The Boutique Theatre productions for the past six years as an actor and singer in productions such as Best of Broadway, Into the Woods, The Oldest Profession, The Odd Couple Female Version and The Clean House. She has also directed The Kitchen Witches, The Last Romance, and Coming Apart. She will be directing the musical Sylvia this coming January here at The Boutique Theatre. Cherry Lane DeLorenzo • Cherry Lane DeLorenzo has been acting off and on for over 30 years performing in various productions in San Diego, CA and Puerto Vallarta, from comedies to dramedies and musicals. Her performances in Puerto Vallarta include Steel Magnolias, Murder Mysteries of 1940, The Divine Sister, Sordid Lives, Casa Valentina, Xanadu, Cinderella and The Foreigner. She is proud to finally debut at The Boutique Theater. Frank Harrison • This is Frank Harrison’s sixth performance at The Boutique Community Theatre. Last season he starred in Harvey as Elwood P. Dowd. After leaving the exciting and creative world of Food Service Management in Sacramento two years ago, this was the perfect outlet for him. He wants to thank all of his castmates and directors, from whom he has learned so much. Frank is so grateful for the circle of friends he has developed here in Puerto Vallarta. Finally, he thanks Tom for his love and support. Gerry McRobert • Gerry McRobert is a long-time Canadian snowbird in Puerto Vallarta. This is his second time as a Stage Manager for The Boutique Theatre, having served under director Ralph Hyman for Love! Valour! Compassion! Last season. He is already being wooed by other directors for this season! Brandon Miller • Brandon first came to The Boutique Theatre stage last year, playing the handsome young doctor in Harvey. Originally from Texas, Brandon feels at home in town and has made many friends, particularly within the local theater community. He’s proud of having lost over 100 pounds, but for this play, we ended up padding him a bit to play the part of Henry! Catalina Montalvo-Meders • The Boutique theatre has become a very important part of Catalina’s life, with over 20 Boutique Theatre productions under her belt. She is thrilled to participate in this production and looks forward to many more. Ron Untener • Ron’s first acting role was last season at The Boutique Theater as Arthur Pape in Love! Varlour! Compassion! That experience reignited a spark of interest in the theater that goes back to his childhood. The camaraderie, fun, and challenges of putting on a show can be exciting, frustrating, as well as addictive! Ron is a native of Detroit and has lived in Las Vegas, St. Louis, and Dallas before settling in Puerto Vallarta seven years ago.