Houston's Stages Repertory Theatre revives the F. Hugh Herbert comedy, The Moon is Blue, running May 13-June 6 with a May 14 opening.
The 1951 play caused a scandal by using words like "mistress" and "seduce" -- the Academy Award-winning film version with William Holden was even condemmed by the League of Decency. The romantic comedy follows a New York architect's efforts to seduce a "professional virgin" even as his ex-fiancee's father arrives on the scene.
Twenty-year Alley Theatre veteran William Hardy, who directed Moon 40 years ago, directs Stages' production. Hardy, as an actor, has appeared in many Stages mountings, including Funny Girls, Quills, Dog Opera, She Loves Me and Sight Unseen.
The company of Moon includes Dominique Gerard (Donald), Bill Hargrove (Michael), James Huston (David) and Lisa Marie Singerman (Patty).
Designing Moon are John Gow (sets and lights), Matthew Bartkowiak (costumes) and Douglas Robertson (sound). Tickets are $41-$21 and available by calling the box office at (713) 52 STAGES. The Stages Repertory Theatre is located at 3201 Allen Parkway at Waugh Drive.
-- By Christine Ehren