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U.S. history, from start to finish

CARBONDALE – Thunder River Theatre Company opens its 2006-2007 season with “The Complete History of America, Abridged,” by Long, Martin and Tichenor. In the zany farce, Groucho Marx meets George Washington, Lewis and Clark dance on as Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, and Lucille Ball falls for Sam Spade.In the tradition of “Saturday Night Live,” Second City and “The Daily Show,” the play’s intellectual vaudeville pokes as much fun at popular culture as it does presidents. The actors romp and play on stage like clowns at a political picnic, while they pull out of their hats an unending stream of sight gags, sound gags and song gags.Sue Furze Lavin guest directs the comedy. She was director of theater at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Kent Denver School, and was named “High School Drama Teacher of the Year” by the Association of Colorado Theatre in 1999. Her play “Back in the World,” written from interviews with Vietnam vets in the Roaring Fork Valley, was staged at St. Mark’s Theatre in New York City. She published the book “Women and Comedy,” about women stand-ups, in 2003. Lavin holds a master’s of fine arts from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in theater from the University of Colorado at Boulder.The show’s cast includes TRTC’s Michael Miller, who adds his masterful comedic touch to the play, and is rounded out by newcomers to the TRTC stage, Sarah McConnel and Danny Pettit. Artistic director Lon Winston designed the set, complemented by TRTC’s prop/costume mistress, Judy Benson.The play opens with a reduced price at the preview on Thursday, Oct. 5, and continues Oct. 6, 7, 13-15 and 20-21. All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except the Sunday, Oct. 15, matinee at 2 p.m. In TRTC’s Alpine Bank Gallery, local artist Mary Noone debuts a show of her new paintings, “My New Stuff.”In response to TRTC’s recent Award for Excellence from the El Pomar Foundation, the company will share the cash award with supporters by reducing all ticket prices. For information about single tickets or season tickets call 963-8200 or visit http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com.

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