It is time again. The Vagabond Players are hosting their fall show A Bad Year For Tomatoes.
A Bad Year for Tomatoes is a full-length comedy by John Patrick (1905-1995). A hilarious success dealing with the very funny misfortunes of a famous television actress who has “escaped” the looniness and fame of Hollywood by moving to a small New England town. It does not take her long to realize she may have “escaped” right into a whole other pack of loonies.
The play evolves around Myra Marlowe, a famous TV actress. Fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, she leases a house in the tiny New England hamlet of Beaver Haven and settles down to write her autobiography. She is successful in turning aside the offers pressed on her by her long-time agent, but dealing with her nosy, omnipresent neighbors is a different matter. In an attempt to shoo them away, and gain some privacy, Myra invents a mad, homicidal sister – who is kept locked in an upstairs room, but who occasionally escapes long enough to scare off uninvited visitors. The ruse works well, at first, but complications result when the local handyman develops an affection for “Sister Sadie” (really Myra in a fright wig) and some of the more officious ladies decide it is their Christian duty to save the poor demented Sadie’s soul. In desperation Myra announces that her imaginary sibling has suddenly gone off to Boston – which brings on the sheriff and the suspicion of murder! Needless to say, all is straightened out in the end, but the uproarious doings will keep audiences laughing right up to the final curtain, and then some.