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The Friendly Hour

Posted by pjlunznfu on January 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

The Friendly Hour

South Dakota Premiere

July 6th, Dinner Theatre prior to 7:30 p.m. performance [Doors open at 6:00, dinner served by 6:30 p.m.]

July 12th and 19th , Wine and Cheese Receptions prior to 7:30 performances {Time TBA}

July 14th - Salad Luncheon prior to matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. [Time TBA]

Based on the actual minutes of a women's club called "The Friendly Hour" (that was formed in Beresford, South Dakota in 1934), this poignant comedy charts 70 years of personal and national history, from skinning skunks and julebukking when the tale begins, to restoring the native prairie in the new millennium. Join these fascinating women as they laugh, cry, navigate the difficult changes in their relationships and share their lives at their "friendly" monthly gathering.

"Tom Jacobson's lovely new play chronicles the rituals of a women's club in rural South Dakota from the late '30's to 2007 and we watch the women with whom we grow increasingly familiar age and engage in theological disputes that are really at the heart of the matter. God's purpose, and the purpose of community, interweave and clash through the decades." LA Weekly

"Tom Jacobson has paid exemplary homage to real-life American heroes from a less jaded period in our history, using transcripts in minutes from a rural South Dakotan women's club that gathered monthly from 1934 to 2004, when the last two surviors begin to fade...These powerful Midwestern survivors are the stoic Americans to celebrate and honor, something Jacobson has accomplished with his lyrical, sweetly bucolic text". Backstage

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