ATTIC PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS It's 1979, and Jon and Leslie are two young, out-of-work, bachelors sharing an apartment together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married...unbeknownst to his buddy Leslie. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the "couple" they are going to be investigated by a Mr. Floyd Spinner. With the help of his fiancée - Kate, Jon dresses Leslie up to masquerade as a housewife. Complicating matters further - Jon's mother unexpectedly drops in to meet her son's fiancée, and Leslie's girlfriend shows up demanding to know why he won't see her anymore. Add one unscrupulously nosy landlord to the bunch, and things quickly spiral into side-splitting confusion and chaos in this hilarious farce.
Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.
by William Van Zandt & Jane Millmore
September 10 - October 17, 2010
Performances: Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
Cast of "Love, Sex, and the I.R.S." from left to right:
(Top row) Nicola Howard, Chris Warren, Mark Anderson;
(Bottom row) Katie Cheely, Quinn Gasaway, Cale Haupert, Philena Gilmer
Mark AndersON as "Floyd Spinner"
KATIE CHEELY as "Kate Dennis"
QUINN GASAWAY as "Jon Trachtman"
PHILENA GILMER as "Connie"
CALE HAUPERT as "Leslie Arthur"
Nicola Howard as "Vivian Trachtman"
Thom Powers as "Arnold Grunion"
CHRIS WARREN as "Mr. Jansen"
Set Designer / Technical Director:
LAURAL A. REINHART
"Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc."
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ATTIC PLAYHOUSE is located at 410 Sheridan Road, Highwood, Illinois.
(Just north of Route 22 / Half Day Road - One block east of Green Bay Road - Across from the Highwood train station)
"LOVE, SEX, and the I.R.S." has been one of William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore's biggest successes. Since its Premiere in 1979, it has been produced in over 10,000 theatres, performed every day of the year in some theatre somewhere - regional theatres, summer stocks, dinner-theatres, community theatres, high school productions, etc. It has even been performed in Japan, Brazil, Germany, Canada, England, France and Spain. The playwrights -
William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore - are two of the most often-produced playwrights in the world. ("The masters of modern farce." New York Times). They are also accomplished actors, producers, and writers for film and television where they've received Emmy nominations, People's Choice Awards, and International Film Festival awards. Billy and Jane have been honored by the Red Cross for their humanitarian work and also by the New Jersey Education Association for their work with high school theatre students. They also sponsor full and part-time scholarships for students of Technical Theatre at New Jersey's Brookdale Community College, having put over 30 students through college since the scholarship program began in 1997. Besides writing Love, Sex, and the I.R.S., Van Zandt and Milmore also starred as Leslie and Kate in for its Premiere production. They are currently starring together at The Triad Theatre in New York in their new hit comedy You've Got Hate Mail.
Other plays by Van Zandt and Milmore: Bathroom Humor; Confessions of a Dirty Blonde; Do Not Disturb; Drop Dead!; Having a Wonderful Time; Wish You Were Her; High School Reunion: The Musical; Infidelities!; Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect; A Little Quickie; Love, Sex and the I.R.S.; Merrily We Dance and Sing (or The Naughty Boy); A Night at the Nutcracker; The Pennies; Playing Doctor; The Property Known as Garland; The Senator Wore Pantyhose; Silent Laughter; Suitehearts; Till Death Do Us Part; What the Bellhop Saw; What the Rabbi Saw; Wrong Window!
WILLIAM VAN ZANDT (Co-Playwright) was born and raised in New Jersey where his family has resided since the mid 1600's. He fell in love with Lucille Ball and her brand of physical humor back in junior high, which launched him into writing and starring in a series of plays ("If you've never seen this clown at work, you should be ashamed of yourself ." - Asbury Park Press). After his feature film debut as a character in Jaws 2, the success of his plays (written with partner Jane Milmore) brought him to the attention of Bob Newhart, who hired him as a writer for the acclaimed Newhart television series. A twenty-two year career of producing and writing for television has ensued. Between TV assignments, Billy produces, co-writes and stars in his plays, including acclaimed Off-Broadway productions of The Property Known as Garland, Silent Laughter and Drop Dead!. Billy's biggest career thrill was acting alongside his idol Lucille Ball on her final television series. A year after Lucy's passing, Billy and Jane were nominated for an Emmy for writing and producing a television special where they unveiled the original pilot episode of I Love Lucy for the first time in forty years. Billy is married to actress Adrienne Barbeau. They live in New Jersey and California with their sons Walker and William. (www.vanzandtmilmore.com)
Jane Milmore (Co-Playwright) began her career as an actress. After starring in several national TV commercials, she appeared in the TV shows Anything But Love and Sydney, as well as guest-starring on Bless This House, Newhart, Martin, The Hughley's, and The Wayans Bros. Jane also appeared in the television movies If Things Were Different, Desperate Lives, A Cry for Love, and the film A Wake in Providence. She began her writing collaboration with Billy Van Zandt with the 1979 play Love, Sex, and the I.R.S. After the success of the play, Jane moved to Los Angeles to write for Bob Newhart. Since that time she has created and developed television series for Brooke Shields, Martin Lawrence, Don Rickles, Richard Lewis, Jamie Lee Curtis, DL Hughley, Jean Smart, John Goodman, Olympia Dukakis, Richard Mulligan, Penny Marshall, David Krumholtz, Valerie Bertinelli, Andrew Dice Clay, Cathy Moriarty, and The Wayans Bros. Jane, the oldest of five girls, was born in Laramie, Wyoming and raised in New York and New Jersey. Her sister Maureen is Vice President of Production for the CW Plus. Her sister Kathy is the romance novelist Kaitlyn O'Riley. Her sister Janet is a project manager. Her sister Jennifer is an actress. Jane makes her home in Beverly Hills and Rumson. (www.vanzandtmilmore.com)