Friday, July 23, 2010

The Dillenger Dilimma

The world premiere run of THE DILLINGER DILIMMA at Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, KY is about to come to an end. There are only two performances left-- tonight's, which is sold out, and tomorrows, for which only a few seats remain-- so contact the theatre immediately by phone or web and reserve your seats. This is a play not to be missed.

Written by Danville playwright Elizabeth Orndorff, THE DILLINGER DILEMMA is a comic farce, a case of mistaken identity that is truly side-splitting sometimes, and funny the rest. The play is a "what if" premised play based on a single line reported in the local newpaper-- the notorious gangster John Dillenger had been seen in town. From that brief line Ms. Orndorff has constructed a play that may well become a staple of local theatres (and theatres in towns named Danville, everywhere) for years to come.

Though the first act seemed over-long and a bit over-acted things really took off after intermission when John Dillinger (Cris Kateff) took the stage and much of the focus. Yet there were many other fine performances too, particularly both Daniel Hall Kuhn (Jimmy Lawrence) and Katie Sawhill (Ethelene) who both have great comic timing. Still, these were not the only good performances, director Robby Henson has assembled a nice set and fine ensemble of actors to bring this play to life; they do a nice job with Orndorff's fun, well written script.

Try to get to Danville to see Elizabeth Orndorff''s DILLINGER'S DILEMMA for Saturday July 24'ths final world premier performance. But if you don't make it know that this is a play that is likely to be performed by high schools and community theatres for years to come. And who knows, maybe it will achieve more than that-- it's that good!

To make reservations contact Pioneer Playhouse at or call them at
859 236-2747. Tickets cost $12- $27.

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