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‘The Ritz’ on stage at SCT thru May 19

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POSTED May 7, 2013 9:48 p.m.


STOCKTON  - Stockton Civic Theatre presents the uproarious comedy “The Ritz” through May 19.

The show is directed by Richard Garvin, a well established director at SCT, as well as a noted actor.

Written by Terrence McNalley, this hilarious farce is set in a gay bathhouse of the title in Manhattan, where unsuspecting heterosexual Cleveland businessman Gaetano Proclo, a hapless, middle-aged, overweight, very married man, takes refuge from his homicidal mobster brother-in-law, Carmine Vespucci.  There Gaetano stumbles across an assortment of oddball characters, including a rabid towel-clad chubby chaser, go-go boys, a squeaky-voiced detective, and Googie Gomez, a third-rate Bette Midler wannabe with visions of Broadway glory who mistakes him for a famous producer and whom he mistakes for a man in drag. Further complications arise when Gaetano’s wife Vivian tracks him down and jumps to all the wrong conclusions about his sexual preferences.

Scott Minor plays Gaetano, with Justin Ledezma playing the brother-in-law Carmine. Sheri Garland portrays Googie Gomez, with Liz Tachella Bowman as the confused wife Vivian. Supporting cast includes: Michael Baybayco, John Hopkins, Matt Saculla, Joey Franks, Joaquin Lewis, Joseph Toon, Wesley Foreman, Brian Wick, Stefany Jarrett, George Ruiz, and Shabaz Choudry. 

Director Garvin has been onstage in several SCT productions, last seen in this season’s “Lend Me A Tenor”.  He has also directed the Willie Award winning “On Golden Pond”. He was  assisted by Andrea Daste, assistant director; Putsy Lew Hong, stage manager; and Brian Johnson, set designer.

Performances continue through Sunday, May 19, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.   Tickets are $25 for adults, $21 for seniors, and $15 for students and children.  Call the Box Office Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at (209) 473-2424, or go online at






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