Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


June 5, 2014

Pioneer Playhouse kicks off 65th season

ASHLAND — Pioneer Playhouse of Danville kicks off its 65th season of outdoor theater with the comedy “Whodunnit, Darling?” which opens Friday and continues through June 21.

“Whodunnit, Darling?” opens Friday and runs through June 21. It is a fast-paced mystery-comedy set in a 1930s western dude ranch featuring a tuxedo-wearing, martini-sipping sleuth and his irresistibly clever ex-wife. The play, an  homage to the classic “Thin Man” movies starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, was written by Charles Edward Pogue and Larry Drake and premiered at Studio Players of Lexington.

Pogue is a Kentucky native who has written such Hollywood blockbusters as “The Fly,” “Dragonheart” and “Psycho III,” as well as several plays including “The Ebony Ape” and an acclaimed adaptation of “Moliere’s Tartuffe.” Besides being a writer, Pogue is also a renowned actor who has worked onstage with such stars as Charlton Heston, Jeremy Brett, Cyd Charisse, Martha Raye and Tony-winner Deanna Dunagan. Pogue will attend the opening night celebration.

Drake is a two-time Emmy winner for his role as Benny, the mentally disadvantaged office worker, on the hit television series “LA Law.” He was the villain, Durant, in the sci-fi thriller, “Darkman” and its sequel, “Darkman: The Return of Durant.”

Pioneer Playhouse, is Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theater,  is at 840 Stanford Road in Danville. Shows run nightly at 8:30, Tuesday through Saturday.

A “Kentucky Proud” menu is available before the show at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call (866) 597-5297 or visit the website at pioneerplayhouse.com.

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