Misfits Theatre Presents “The Drowsy Chaperone” At ARTS/West

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Theater often pokes fun at itself for the sake of nuanced storytelling, much to the delight of the audience, the actors, and everyone else concerned.

The Drowsy Chaperone is a 1998 meta-musical-within-a-comedy and an excellent example of that very theatrical device. The story revolves around an opinionated old-school musical theater fan listening to (and commenting on) the fictitious 1928 smash hit Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone from the comfort of his lonely armchair.

Jan. 20 through 22 and Jan. 27 through 29, education-based community theater company Misfits Theatre is bringing the production to ARTS/West; with Friday and Saturday shows opening at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows opening at 2 p.m.

In this installment of Conversations From Studio B, WOUB’s Emily Votaw spoke with Marissa Dienstag, the director of the show; Josh Bodnar, the company’s technical director and the actor who plays the show’s main character; Haile Ferrier, who plays Janet Van Der Graaf; and Jerry Dixon, who plays the part of Robert Martin, about the making of the production and what’s up next for Misfits Theatre.