‘Jeeves Takes A Bow’ opens Sept. 7 at Artists’ Ensemble

Casiena Raether (from left), David A. Gingerich and Lydia Berger-Gray in “Jeeves Takes a Bow.” (Photo John Cobb)

• Artists’ Ensemble opens season with the third in a trilogy of P.G. Wodehouse adaptations

Staff Report

The boys are back! Bertie Wooster and Jeeves return in Jeeves Takes a Bow, the third in a trilogy of P.G. Wodehouse adaptations. The comedy, penned by Artists’ Ensemble (AE) member Margaret Raether, will have its world premiere as the season opener at AE Sept. 7-23.

A great many of Wodehouse’s popular Bertie and Jeeves stories take place in New York,” Raether said, “since Wodehouse was actively involved in the Broadway scene and was close friends with Jerome Kern and Cole Porter.”

In the play, Bertie becomes entangled with a hot-tempered bootlegger named “Knuckles,” a Broadway musical called Naughty Natalie, and two fiancées!

The cast includes AE members David A. Gingerich as Bertie and Gary Wingert as Jeeves. Lydia Berger Gray plays Vivienne Duckworth. Ruby LaRoy is played by Casiena Raether.

John McFarland (Knuckles McCann) and Jake Jones (Nigel Bingham Binkersteth) round out the cast.

Director Richard Raether said: “One thing that stands out is the ridiculous musical number in Act II — ‘Gonna Lasso Me A Buckaroo.’ Timothy Anderson wrote the music, Margaret wrote the lyrics, and the whole cast gets into the act for reasons too complicated to explain.”

Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, 8 p.m., Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m., Saturdays, and 2 p.m., Sundays. Thursday tickets are $19. All other performances are $28, $26 for seniors, and $10 for students.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artistsensemble.org or by calling (815) 394-5004.

AE is an Equity professional theater performing in residence at Rockford College.

From the Sept. 5-11, 2012, issue

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