Play On! — Fridays & Saturdays, September 7, 8 & 14, 15 @ 7:00 & Sundays, September 9 & 16 @ 2:00 — #LiveAtTheLyric!


Logic Says to Call It Off, but It’s…
Play On!

AUDITIONS: Monday & Tuesday, May 14 & 15, 6:00PM–8:00PM

Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script; come prepared to have both an American and a British accent!

Artwork courtesy Worcester County Light Opera Club, which now obviously does more than opera!

Fridays & Saturdays, September 7, 8 & 14, 15 at 7:00PM
Sundays, September 9 & 16 at 2:00PM

Our little theater group did this play and had the most wonderful time. Props, sets and costumes are as much or as little as you want. I’ve never had so much fun with play in my life. I don’t think it can miss whether you are a little larger group or one almost as small as the group portrayed!
 – Review on Samuel French Website

The Theatre Company of the Ozarks, under license from Samuel French, will present Rick Abbott’s hilarious Play On LIVE at The Lyric Theater in Harrison, Arkansas, on September 7, 8 & 14, 15 at 7:00PM and September 9 & 16 at 2:00PM. Tickets are available through with Advance Tickets priced at $8 children, $10 seniors, $12 adults. Ticket prices at the door will be $11 children, $13 seniors, $15 adults.

Play On! is the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance, in which anything that can go wrong, does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax to a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.

Auditions for this full length (3-act) comedy will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 14 and 15 at Harrison’s historic Lyric Theater from 6:00 to 8:00. The absolute best way to stay informed and up-to-date about these—and all other—auditions, upcoming plays, concerts, and other events at the Lyric is to subscribe to our OAC eNews.

About the Play and the Characters

Time Period:

  • The play itself: Present Day
  • Play within a play: Victorian (British and American)

Settings Of Play: The Stage of a Community Theatre.


  • Physical Comedy
  • Non-traditional casting
  • Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, plus Period Costumes

Cast of Characters: (parentheses is character in the play-within-a-play)

  • AGGIE MANVILLE – a stage manager and prompter.
  • GERALDINE “GERRY” DUNBAR – a community theatre director.
  • HENRY BENISH (“Lord Dudley”) – a Character Actor.
  • POLLY BENISH (“Lady Margaret”) – a Character Actress.
  • MARLA “SMITTY” SMITH (“Doris the maid”) – a supporting player.
  • SAUL WATSON (“Doctor Rex Forbes”) – a Villain.
  • BILLY CAREWE (“Stephen Sellers”) -a Juvenile.
  • VIOLET IMBRY (“Diana Lassiter”) – an Ingenue.
  • LOUISE PEARY – a sound-and-lighting-and-scenic technician.
  • PHYLLIS MONTAGUE – a novice playwright in the community.

About the Playwright

Rick Abbot is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey (1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in the Army. He served at Sandia Base, New Mexico as a Special Services worker. He wrote, produced, and directed one show per month for the Enlisted Men’s Club. In 1958, Mr. Sharkey went to New York to begin a full-time freelance writing career. He wrote Science Fiction stories and novels, humor articles, and mystery novels. In 1961, he returned to Chicago where he worked as joke editor for Playboy Magazine and then was Editor of the Allstate Insurance Company Magazine for 11 years from 1964-75. Mr. Sharkey wrote his first stage comedy in 1965. At the end of 1975, he went exclusively into playwriting, which he continued until a few months before his death. He has 83 published plays written under his own name and four others – Rick AbbotMonk FerrisMark Chandler, and Mike Johnson. Mike Johnson wrote only stage thrillers. All the other plays are comedies and/or musicals. The plays are performed all around the world. Mr. Sharkey passed away on September 28, 1992 after a bout with cancer.

Tickets available by clicking any “Get Tickets” link on this site or by calling (870) 391-3504. Advance Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Seniors/Students; tickets purchased at the door are $15 Adults, $14 Seniors/Students.

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