The tap-dancing spoof “Dames at Sea” opens 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville. Individual tickets start at $29.50. Before the curtain rises, there will be a private pre-show reception with actors Robert Picardo and Lee Wilkof and director John Putch. Picardo and Wilkof will star in Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys,” directed by Putch, July 19 to 21 at Totem Pole. The play is about an old Vaudeville team that’s thinking about re-uniting for TV.
About the players:
– Picardo played the Holographic Doctor on “Star Trek: Voyager” and starred as Commander Woolsey on “Stargate Atlantis.” He also had roles on “China Beach” and “The Wonder Years,” for which he earned an Emmy nomination.
– Wilkof is celebrating his 40th year as a professional actor. He played Seymour in the original production of “Little Shop of Horrors” and appeared on Broadway numerous times. He earned a Tony nomination for his role in “Kiss Me Kate.”
– Putch is the son of actress Jean Stapleton, who recently passed away. One of his first indie movies, “Valerie Flake,” landed him at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Putch has several movie and TV directing credits, including “Beetoven’s Christmas Adventure,” “Scrubs,” “Cougar Town,” “My Name Is Earl” and “Ugly Betty.” He also directed the “Route 30″ movie franchise. Read more about the movies. See “Route 30, Too!” July 2 at Totem Pole. Tickets are $10.