Many Hats doles out laughs for Spreading It Around

Many Hats Theatre Company production of Spreading It Around opens on Thursday night in Penticton.

Many Hats Theatre Company opens Spreading It Around this Thursday starring (from left to right) Rob McCaffery

Many Hats Theatre Company opens Spreading It Around this Thursday starring (from left to right) Rob McCaffery

Don’t mess with seniors. It is the lesson in the new Many Hats Theatre Company production of Spreading It Around that opens on Thursday night.

Spreading It Around is a comedy about Angela Drayton (played by Donna Lynch), a well-to-do widow living in Florida, who has grown tired of handing out money to her neglectful and unappreciative children (played by Darci Anderson and Rob McCaffery). Along with some of her friends (played by Jamie Eberle and Ken Davy) she sets up the Spending it Now Foundation (SIN) to give money to people truly in need.

When her nefarious son and his shopaholic wife find out what she’s up to, they attempt to have her committed.  When Angela learns of their scheme she turns the tables on them, showing just how competent she really is.

“Many of our audience will relate to the theme of their children counting just a little too much on their anticipated inheritance,” said Many Hats Theatre Company director Eric Hanston. “The cast has been working really hard, the sets are stupendous and the audiences are going to love it.”

Spreading It Around is written by Canadian playwright Londos D’Arrigo. He is a Canadian writer who wrote  material for  comedy icons such as Phyllis Diller, Lily Tomlin and Joan Rivers.

His wit and humor have entertained audiences for more than 35 years in publications such as the international edition of Reader’s Digest and in Canadian national newspapers. D’Arrigo gained initial exposure to worldwide TV audiences writing topical one-liners for Joan Rivers when she guest hosted for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.

Spreading It Around opens on July 5 with a reception following the performance and runs until July 28. Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. All shows are on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre on Fairview Road in Penticton.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $19 for students and seniors and are available at the Wine Country Visitor’s Centre Railway and Eckhardt in Penticton or by phone 250-276-2170.

Many Hats also offers guests reserved seating. View the seating plan at www.manyhatstheatre.com.