God's Favorite opens at Sixth Street Theater

Zack Whitfield, Whittney Hawk, Lija Pittman, Marti Lynn, Franklin Stout, Colton Peeler, Ken Bartle and Scott Lasley are rehearsing for the upcoming Sixth Street Theater production God’s Favorite. This Neil Simon comedy opens Friday, March 6, and runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through March 22. Tickets are on sale now by calling the theater at 752-8871.

Sixth Street Theater Rehearses for Upcoming Neil Simon Comedy

WALLACE—“God’s Favorite” is a modern day story about bad things happening to a good man.

In a funny kind of way.

Joe Benjamin, played by Sixth Street veteran Ken Bartle, is a befuddled businessman who has been very successful after staring out very poor. Soon he finds himself tested when he and his family lose everything.

His wife, Rose, portrayed by Lija Pittman, seems to be more devoted to her jewels than anything else, while the oldest son, David, played by Zack Whitfield, is devoted to parties and booze.

Rounding out the Benjamin family are Ben and Sarah who are a ditzy brother and sister who seem clueless about everything. These siblings are portrayed by Colton Peeler and Whittney Hawk.

Marti Lynn and Franklin Stout play Mady and Morris, the family’s colorful and opinionated maid and butler. Rounding out the cast is Sydney Lipton, played by Scott Lasley. Sydney is a messenger from God and Queens who come to inform, torment, and harass Joe as he and his family go through their trials.

“The tests of faith and the jokes fly fast and furious as Neil Simon spins a contemporary morality tale in his hilarious comedy,” said director Cherri Bartle. “The play is awesomely funny. It will make you laugh out loud.”

The play opens Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m., with theater goers invited to a special Opening Night party at 6 p.m. complete with refreshments.

Other evening performances will be on March 7, 13, 14, 20, and 21, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on March 8, 14, 15 and 22.

For reservations call 752-8871, or 1-877-SIXTHST. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets must be paid in advance or held with a credit card.

The Sixth Street Theater is located at 212 Sixth Street, in Wallace. For more information, visit the website at www.sixthstreetmelodrama.com.

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