Brentwood’s Tim Biglow, Liberty High drama director Helen Means and Antioch’s Gerry Been, who have trod the local boards for years, team up in the Onstage Theatre Group production of “Breaking Legs,” now playing in Walnut Creek.
The story takes place in an Italian restaurant run by a Mafia don (Biglow) and his beautiful unmarried daughter. The daughter’s former college professor comes to her seeking funding for a new play, clueless about the fact that the place is mob-run until an “accidental” death “by train” happens to a lesser thug. Hilarity ensues.
The play’s run began at The Old Schoolhouse in Pleasant Hill, which was condemned for seismic reasons just after the show opened. While completing the troupe’s season in Walnut Creek, Biglow hopes to give people something worth smiling about.
“Right now, we all need a little bit of humor in our lives as opposed to the doom of gloom of the nightly newscasts,” he said. “It’s an extremely talented cast, and Director Helen Means – the head of Onstage Theatre for 31 years now – has consistently staged delightful, lesser-known shows, as opposed to tried-and-true productions,” Biglow said.
“Breaking Legs” runs Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 27; the curtain goes up at 8:15 p.m. Thursday evening (also 8:15 curtain) performances will be given Feb. 19 and 26; and matinees are scheduled for Feb. 22 and 28, starting at 2:15 p.m.
The play is being presented at Crossroads Theater, 1277 Boulevard Way in Walnut Creek. Tickets are $18 for general admission; $14 for seniors; and $10 on Thursdays. To make a reservation, call 925-944-9006.