The Plot Thickens with “The Novelist” At Theatre Three

The Novelist

Catch The Novelist At Theatre Three

Theresa Rebeck’s ensemble drama “The Novelist” runs through August 28 at Theatre Three. The Novelist brings together Nobel-winning novelist Paul, his “elegant but feisty” wife Margaret, two sons (an actor and an antique dealer), and the actor’s girlfriend. Paul’s new assistant, Sophie, joins the party and chaos ensues.

Directed by Gregory Lush, the play stars Michael Muller as Paul and Cindee Mayfield as Margaret. Jeffrey Schmidt (the actor) and Ashley Wood (antiques dealer) are the two sons; Jennifer Kuenzer plays the actor’s girlfriend; and Ashlee Elizabeth Bashore plays Sophie, a talented writing student who has come to work for Paul.

The Novelist is a revised version of playwright Rebeck’s The Butterfly Collection. Rebeck is a Peabody award-winning writer known for her most recent Broadway hit, Seminar (produced at Theatre Three, 2013-14 season), and for creating the NBC television drama, Smash. She has also written for NYPD Blue, Law & Order Criminal Intent and LA Law.

Performances will take place on the Norma Young Arena Stage at Theatre Three Thursdays-Sundays. For complete schedules or to purchase tickets, ranging from $10-$50, check online at or by phone at 214-871-3300. Various discounts are available for seniors, military, groups of 10 or more, students and Theatre Too subscribers.


The comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, directed by Terry Martin, runs through August 28 at WaterTower Theatre in Addison. Starring the talented Brian Gonzales (who’s currently performing as Babkak in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway) this show promises to be hilarious.

Gonzales previously performed at WaterTower in Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2010). He is on special leave from Aladdin to reprise the role he understudied in the Broadway production of One Man, Two Guvnors. The comedy is written by Richard Bean.

The cast also features John-Michael Marrs as Stanley Stubbers, Alexandra Lawrence as Rachel Crabbe, Bradley Campbell as Harry Dangle, Sonny Franks as Charlie “The Duck” Clench, Erik Jenkins as Lloyd Boateng, Allison Bret as Pauline Clench, Mitchell Stephens as Alan Dangle, Ashley Puckett Gonzales as Dolly, Jeff Colangelo as Alfie and the Ensemble includes Jake Bullock, Jerry Downey, Janae Hatchett, Alex Heika, Christa Schmidt, Seth Womack and Isaac Young.

Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in One Man, Two Guvnors will be Allison Bret, Jake Bullock, Jeff Colangelo, Jerry Downey, Janae Hatchett, Erik Jenkins, Alexandra Lawrence, Christa Schmidt and Isaac Young.

The creative team, in addition to Director Terry Martin, includes Diana Sheehan (Assistant Director), Sonny Franks (Musical Director), Chris Pickart (Set Designer), Sylvia Fuhrken (Costume Designer), Leann Burns (Lighting Designer), Scott Guenther (Sound Designer), Jeremy Dumont (Choreographer), Jeff Colangelo (Physical Comedy Consultant), Sara Lovett (Dialect Coach), Kyle Eric Bradford (Dramaturg), Caron Grant (Stage Manager) and Bonnie Hanvey (Assistant Stage Manager).

Tickets (priced $22-$40) to One Man, Two Guvnors are available by calling 972-450-6232 or online at

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Jo Ann Holt
Jo Ann Holt is an award-winning journalist with 40+ years of experience as a writer and editor. She loves live performances, from country music concerts to Broadway musicals to community theatre productions. Holt also enjoys art and cultural festivals, and good food and wine. She’s toured Amsterdam, London, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and various cities in Mexico but looks forward to visiting even more countries. She has traveled by boat, plane, and train, but especially likes taking long road trips across the U.S. with her husband, retired history professor Durhl Caussey. They enjoy meeting friendly people, learning about different cultures, and visiting historic sites wherever they go.