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"The Matchmaker" at GreenMan Theatre

GreenMan Theatre will present Thornton Wilder's classic farce "The Matchmaker" for 3 weekends this spring. Tickets are now on sale for this production, which was the basis for "Hello, Dolly!" Travel back with us to the turn of 20th century New York as widower Horace Vandergelder, having been very successful as a businessman in Yonkers, decides it's high time for him to get married again. Enter Dolly Gallagher Levi, a local Matchmaker, to help him find a suitable bride. Dolly has already arranged a potential match between Horace and young widow Irene Molloy. As Horace leaves his store in the hands of his employees Cornelius and Barnaby while he goes into New York City to call on Irene, Dolly has come to the conclusion that she would be the best match for Horace. To complicate matters, Cornelius decides it's time for him to seek adventure himself, so he convinces Barnaby to go with him to New York City, too. This wouldn't be a problem except that Cornelius and Barnaby, pretending to be wealthy gentlemen, end up in Irene's millinery shop moments before Horace and Dolly arrive there. Horace is seeking a wife but he has already forbidden permission for his young niece Ermengarde to marry artist Ambrose Kemper, and these young lovers also rendezous in the city. The farcical elements heighten when Cornelius and Barnaby accompany Irene and her assistant Minnie to the same fancy restaurant that Horace is to dine in. When Ambrose and Ermengarde arrive at the same location later, mistaken identities abound and comic confusion escalates as it's anybody's guess who will end up with whom.

"The Matchmaker" is directed by GreenMan Artistic Director David Soria and features Jim Bruner, Christopher Cavanaugh, Dana Clouser, Rance Clouser, Vicky Giannini, Lynn Sciaraffa Homeier, Tammy Job, Stan Kosek, Harold LeBoyer, Nancy Mesenbrink, Elizabeth Owsley, Mary Pavia, Mary-Carol Riehs, Erick Sosa, and Carl Zeitler

"The Matchmaker" opens on Friday April 20 and runs for 3 weekends until Sunday May 6. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees begin at 2 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for seniors/students. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.greenmantheatre.com or call 630-464-2646. All performances take place at Asbury Hall at the First United Methodist Church at 232 S. York in Elmhurst. Free parking is available. GreenMan programs are partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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