Way Off Broadway Theatre Presents Cookin' with Gus


CONTACT: Kellie Cook, Leisure Services Director, (334) 358-0297 or

February 26, 2013


Audiences at Prattville's Cultural Arts Center Theatre were roaring with laughter last weekend as the Way Off Broadway Theatre opened its first of three weekend performances of Cookin' With Gus by award winning actor playwright Jim Brochu.

Directed by Matthew Givens and Amanda Haldy in her first directing effort, this play jumps right into action and is non-stop action and hilarity for the full nearly two hours. The ensemble cast proves that amazing comedic talent is available right here in Prattville.

The play is set in 1980s New York prior to the time of the many food network programs when only a few celebrities had their own shows. The named character, Gussie, played by Dana Smith, is a cookbook author who is offered a television cooking show of her own through the efforts of her agent, Bernie, perfectly played by Zyna Captain. Gussie really wants this show, but she has a fear of public speaking. Walter, her "husband" played by director Matthew Givens, does not want her to have the show and have her attentions taken away from him.

Between Walter who is an amateur hypnotist and her neighbor, Carmen, an "authentic" gypsy princess who loves a little nip, Gussie's debut as a cooking show host is wrought with a twisting, turning plot, witty dialogue and downright slapstick fun.

You do not want to miss this presentation of Cookin' With Gus by Prattville's Way Off Broadway Theatre. The show runs for the next two weekends, March 1-3 and March 8-10. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:00pm and Sunday performances at 2:00pm, with doors opening 30 minutes prior to the start. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. You can purchase tickets at the Prattville Cultural Arts Office at 203 West Fourth Street or order with a credit card by phone at 334/358-0297.


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