Mac-Haydn Opens “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” June 8

CHATHAM, NY — Those Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are up to no good but they are bringing loads of laughter to The Mac-Haydn Theatre here, June 8 through 18.

Based on the hilarious movie, the show is an irreverent, sexy, fast-paced farce.  It’s the height of the social season on the French Riviera, the beautiful – and wealthy – women are arriving and two clever con men are waiting to ply their charms, take the money and run.  When the ‘art of the con’ turns into a contest to see who can get the most money out of the prettiest lady the soonest, all bets (except at the roulette table) are off and things just get funnier, until a final plot twist reveals the biggest con of all – who really is The Jackal!

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BUT JUST WHO HAS THE $50,000?’ — No one knows for sure until the very end, but how “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” Lawrence Jameson (Gabe Belyeu) and Freddy Benson (Colin Pritchard) try to con money from Christine Colgate (Madison Stratton) and jewels from Muriel (Judith Wyatt) with the help of Andre Thibault (Steve Hassmer) makes for an irreverent, sexy show filled with hilarity and snazzy, jazzy songs.   Dirty Rotten Scoundrels performs at The Mac-Haydn Theatre in nearby Chatham, NY June 8 through 18.   Show times and prices vary, see www.machaydntheatre.org or call 518-392-9292 for information and reservations.  (Mac-Haydn Staff Photo)

Gabe Belyeu is back at Mac-Haydn to play Lawrence Jameson, a suave gentleman, a Prince, a bon vivant – all as the case (or con) demands.  Mr. Belyeu is a favorite at the professional theatre, two of his most comedic roles were last summer’s Alfie Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” and Gomez Addams in “The Addams Family”.

Another MHT favorite, Colin Pritchard, will lend his comedic flair to Freddy Benson, an up-and-coming con who aspires to the big time but needs practice – and polish – to get there.    Patrons still chuckle remembering his Igor in “Young Frankenstein” and Wilbur Turnblad in “Hairspray”.  Steve Hassmer starts his second Mac-Haydn season as Andre Thibault, aiding and abetting Lawrence Jameson and ending up getting caught by romance.  Last summer he played Colonel Pickering in “My Fair Lady” and Emile DeBecque in “South Pacific”.

The ladies in their lives are making their first Mac-Haydn appearance: Judith Wyatt as Muriel, the socialite and Madison Stratton as Christine Colgate, a wealthy heiress – or is she – and who is she?  Both have extensive New York area and regional credits. (Click HERE for a full cast list.)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and is the first of four ‘new to Mac-Haydn’ shows this summer.  The sweet and sassy songs include “What Was A Woman To Do?, Great Big Stuff, Nothing Is Too Wonderful to Be True, Like Zis Like Zat” and, of course, the title song.   Who will win the bet and the girl will keep you roaring with hysterical laughter right up to the surprise ending!    Show times and prices vary, see www.machaydntheatre.org or call 518-392-9292 for information and reservations.

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