WHICH CON ARTIST WILL SUCCEED? Find out at Runaway Stage Productions' latest play, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." The show, full of laughs and intrigue, opend May 6. Courtesy photo

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Runaway Stage gets down and dirty

By April 29, 2011

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WHICH CON ARTIST WILL SUCCEED? Find out at Runaway Stage Productions' latest play, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." The show, full of laughs and intrigue, opend May 6. Courtesy photo

Runaway Stage Productions continues its 2011 season with the Sacramento Community Premiere of the scamming, scheming, double-crossing hit Broadway musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels!”

“RSP’s audiences are going to be transported to the French Riviera for a night of music, dancing and high society high jinks that will leave them roaring with laughter,” Producing Director Bob Baxter said.

Based on the popular 1988 MGM film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” centers on two con men living on the French Riviera — the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson, who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money; and a small-time crook named Freddy Benson, who, more humbly, swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health.

After meeting on a train, they unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them.  So they make a bet: The first one to swindle $50,000 from a young heiress triumphs and the other must leave town. What follows is a series of schemes, masquerades and double-crosses in which nothing may ever be exactly what it seems.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” received 11 tony award nominations, including Best Musical. The show features a book by Jeffrey Lane and music and lyrics by David Yazbek (“The Full Monty”). The multiple Elly award-winning team of Producing Director Bob Baxter, choreographer Darryl Strohl and musical Director Christopher Cook will stage this highly entertaining musical along with the fabulous Runaway Stage Production resident orchestra.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels performs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, May 6-29.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors (60+), $18 for students/SARTA and $15 children (12 & younger). Groups of 10 or more pay $18 per seat. Tickets can be purchased online at runawaystage.com (reservation convenience fees apply) or at the door. For more information call the box office at (916) 207-1226. Free parking is available.

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