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New Depot Players offer tried and true comedy

In "'Til Beth Do Us Part," Paul Casola plays Hank and Patty Maguire plays Margo, a divorced couple who aim to help their friends mend their marriage.

In "'Til Beth Do Us Part," Paul Casola plays Hank and Patty Maguire plays Margo, a divorced couple who aim to help their friends mend their marriage.

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Husband Gibby, played by Tom Johnson, tries to convince his wife Suzannah, played by Kim Fratesi, at left, that her assistant Beth, played by Amy LeCates, is up to no good in a scene from, "'Til Beth Do Us Part."

CONYERS -- After presenting Tennessee Williams' weighty "The Glass Menagerie" in March, the New Depot Players decided to give audiences a less serious, more playful theater experience.

Enter the zaniness of "'Til Beth Do Us Part," a comedy about a frazzled wife, an uninvolved husband and a domineering assistant who worms her way into their lives.

"When I read the show I thought, 'OK, it will be a light comedy and a nice little romp and something easy on the eye for the audience,'" said Director Cyndi Evans. "Coming off 'The Glass Menagerie' we really thought that was important. It would give our patrons a good mix of theater."

"'Til Beth Do Us Part," runs 8 p.m., April 26-28 and May 3-5, and 3 p.m., April 29 and May 6. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for senior and students. Tickets for preview night, 8 p.m. on April 25, are $10.

The play centers on Suzannah, a busy executive, and Gibby, a laid-back weatherman, in their 50s with grown children. Suzannah decides to concentrate on her career, and is getting no help from Gibby taking care of the home, so she hires an assistant, Beth.

"She completely revamps the home -- throws out the pillows, the golf trophies and turns it into an executive-type home," said Evans. "But she's also pushing Gibby further and further away, making the chasm between Suzannah and Gibby larger."

When Gibby has finally had enough of Beth weaseling her way into their lives, he calls on his friends, Margo and Hank, a divorced couple, to help him out. Further confusion arises when Celia Charmichael, Suzannah's boss, arrives to talk to her about a promotion.

Add a few more plot twists, disguises and secret identities and the storyline evolves into one you might see in a '70s sitcom, said Evans.

"People are popping in and out of places and doorbells are going off, and they're hiding in closets and jumping behind furniture," said Evans. "It's fun; the audience will enjoy it."

"'Til Beth Do Us Part" is written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, a trio of comedic playwrights, whose work Evans has directed several times before including, "Dearly Beloved," "Dearly Departed," and "The Dixie Swim Club."

Evans said she hopes audiences who liked those productions (and even those who haven't seen them) will come on by and give "'Til Beth Do Us Part" a gander.

"They're a tried and true comedic trio," Evans said.

If You Go

• What: “’Til Beth Do Us Part”

• When: 8 p.m., April 26-28 and May 3-5, and 3 p.m., April 29 and May 6

• Where: Center Street Arts black box theater, 910 Center St.

• Cost: Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for senior and students. Tickets for preview night, 8 p.m. on April 25, are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.thenewdepotpl...