Pec Playhouse Theatre stages Don’t Drink the Water Feb. 5-21

From press release

PECATONICA, Ill.—What happens when an American family seeks asylum in the embassy of a small Iron Curtain country after being mistakenly pursued as spies? Total hilarity! Pec Playhouse Theatre presents Don’t Drink the Water, a comedy by Woody Allen, Feb. 5-21.

Engrossed in his new hobby, Walter Hollander wanders into a restricted area in an Iron Curtain country to take photos. When Walter, wife Marion and daughter Susan are detained by the secret police, they are held on espionage charges, and that’s when things get interesting. From a wacky priest who thinks he’s a magician, to an incompetent ambassador’s son with the hots for the Hollanders’ daughter, the culturally-illiterate Hollanders have difficulty proving their innocence. This comedy of cultural errors and crazy antics is sure to keep the audience laughing.

Don’t Drink the Water is directed by Michael Dice, an 11-year veteran of Pec Playhouse. Recent directorial work has included The Runner Stumbles, The Glass Menagerie (his favorite drama) and Escanaba in da Moonlight, as well as the musical Godspell, in which he also acted. Dice has also directed at other area theaters.

Leading the cast are Ed Stiltner as sourpuss Walter Hollander, Jenny Kirch as his wife Marion, James Castree as the clueless Axel, and Anne Parry as Susan, the Hollanders’ daughter. All lead players have performed in past productions.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Feb. 5-21. Tickets are $10 per seat and go on sale Jan. 15.

Additional information is available by calling the box office at (815) 239-1210 or visiting www.

From the Jan. 13-19, 2010 issue.

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