Clarence, a comedy classic by Booth Tarkington, starts a new season of California Artists Radio Theatre shows. One performance only on Sunday, March 20 — a 1:30 p.m. matinee — “is a great chance to see radio performed with all the imagination that comes with the territory,” JoAnne Worley says, who is a regular with the creative C.A.R.T. troupe of players.
Clarence stars the wonderful character actor/voice artist Marvin Kaplan (The Great Race), who will take the stage with Samantha Eggar, Phil Proctor, Janet Waldo, John O’Callaghan, Richard Herd, Leslie Easterbrook, Annie Gagen, Tom Williams and JoAnne Worley. Music score is by Jay Munns.
“Clarence is a lift-your-spirits show about a fellow who knows a lot about many little things,” says C.A.R.T. founder Peggy Webber, who is directing and producing. “Leonard Maltin told me it’s his favorite play. The show has a rich history, having started Alfred Lunt’s stage career and introducing Helen Hayes’s. Playwright Tarkington won a Nobel Prize for literature, and two Pulitzers.” Clarence was praised as the “best American comedy ever written” when it opened on Broadway.
Webber adds that theater fans can “save on gas by seeing theater nearby,” with C.A.R.T. shows at Beverly Garland’s Little Theatre.
Upcoming C.A.R.T. shows include: April 17, Drama at Inish with an all Irish cast; May 7, Norman Corwin’s Together Tonight, about history; July 3, A Great House for a Killing, a musical. The Beverly Garland Holiday Inn, Little Theatre is located at 4222 Vineland Ave. in North Hollywood. Tickets are $10 for seniors/students, $15 for general admission. Buy tickets at the door or call (213) 683-3422 or visit www.CARTaudio.org.