Cambrian: Arts & Events

Magic, ‘Nuts’ kick off new stage season at Pewter Plough

‘Nuts’ features a cast of, left to right, Libby Parker, Justin Wessell, Rick Bruce, Randall C. Lyon, Janice Peters, Joyce Calderone, Tim Linzey, Craig Brooke and Don Dallmann.
‘Nuts’ features a cast of, left to right, Libby Parker, Justin Wessell, Rick Bruce, Randall C. Lyon, Janice Peters, Joyce Calderone, Tim Linzey, Craig Brooke and Don Dallmann. Special to The Cambrian

Tom Topor’s courtroom drama “Nuts” is next on the docket at the Pewter Plough Playhouse, which will present the play Jan. 8 through Feb. 7 to kick off its 2016 season.

A prostitute indicted for manslaughter sets out to prove she’s sane enough to stand trial in this production — intended for mature audiences — that explores such issues as sexuality and substance abuse, along with family and social dynamics.

The suspenseful psychological drama made its stage debut in 1979 and spawned a 1987 film of the same name starring Barbra Streisand and Richard Dreyfuss.

In the Plough’s production, Libby Parker, Janice Peters, Randall C. Lyon, Rick Bruce, Craig Brooke, Donald Dallman, Justin Wessell and Joyce Calderon have acting roles, while Kelli Howard directs.

Bruce’s performance will come on the heels of his New Year’s Eve magic show at the Plough, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. He’s been Cambria’s Village Wizard since opening the door to his magic shop — which he continued to operate for almost a decade — on April 1, 2002.

Before coming to Cambria, the former Southern California resident was a mentor to the award-winning A.C.E.S. teen magic club, magician member of the Magic Castle and past president of Ring 76, San Diego’s chapter of the International Brotherhood of Musicians.

In Cambria, he operated his magic shop, with its tagline “It’s not just a Shoppe, it’s a SHOW!” until 2010, when he closed the store and withdrew somewhat from the public eye (though he continues to lead a children’s parade down Main Street every Halloween).

“I didn’t leave,” he said. “I just had other things to do.”

What he’s doing New Year’s Eve is a show at the Plough. Tickets are priced at $35 for the show, which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. Immediately afterward, there’ll be a New Year’s celebration (New York time), with sparkling cider, champagne, hats and party favors.

The playhouse is at 828 Main St. in Cambia’s West Village.

Details 927-3877.

‘Nuts’ at the Plough

The Pewter Plough Playhouse production of “Nuts” kicks off with a preview performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 (tickets are $17 each). The following evening’s 7:30 show is a Gala Champagne Opening, with tickets priced at $30 to include an after-show party with champagne, desserts and live music by pianist/vocalist Dave Manion.

Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 7, with dates set for Jan. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 and Feb. 5, 6 and 7. Tickets are $22 or $17 for students with IDs. Group reservations for 10 or more receive a 10 percent discount with a single payment in advance.

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