Sit up straight. No elbows on the table. Open doors for ladies. If you wear a dress, do not sit with your legs open. Don’t say certain words. And bring lots of quarters. This and so much more you will learn as you visit Mrs. Mannerly now playing at The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Not only will you learn manners, but you will have a great night of laughs, and see two fantastic performers as they take you on a class of manners in Mrs. Mannerly.
Mrs. Mannerly is a great 90 minute story written by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Edith Weiss. Mrs. Mannerly is played by Leslie O’Carroll who has taught a manners class in a room above the YMCA for many years in Steubenville, Ohio.
In 1967, Mrs. Mannerly gets a student by the name of Jeffrey, played by Graham Ward, who is a young man who knows manners and comes from a mother who was taught by Mrs. Mannerly years earlier. In the class, no student has ever passed with 100% although some have come very close. Jeffrey is different as he is striving to be the very best well-mannered boy that he can. But he finds a secret that involves Mrs. Mannerly and now he has clout that he can use and strive for that perfect score.
The class has other students who end up being taken out of the manners class for various reasons. But the play is performed only by Leslie O’Carroll and Graham Ward. And with these two absolutely amazing performers will have you laughing and enjoying a night of comedy like you have never experienced.
Leslie O’Carroll is no stranger to the stage at The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Leslie was last seen at the Arvada Center as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. Other credits: The Crucible, Moonlight and Magnolias, The Heiress, and The Women (ArvadaCenter); A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Benediction, When We Are Married, Reckless, Eventide, Plainsong, The Diary of Anne Frank, and All My Sons (19 seasons at Denver Center Theatre Company).
Graham Ward is not a stranger to The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Graham has appeard as Nick Garraway in The Great Gatsby. Dr. Sanderson in Harvey, Sergeant Trotter in The Mousetrap and Passepartout in Around the World in 180 days, along with other appearances at other Denver Metro theatres.
Graham Ward has the incredible ability to perform as each student of Mrs. Mannerly’s class. He has the ability to go from one character to another in a heartbeat and will not miss a beat with the attitude, actions, mannerisms and voices of each student.
The combination of Leslie and Graham has the audience captured for the entire 90 minutes and when you are through, it actually feels like you have sat there for about 30 minutes. It is easy to get lost with time as these two take you day-by-day and the teachings of Mrs. Mannerly.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is showing Mrs. Mannerly from now until February 21st. Get your tickets early and enjoy a great night of comedy and who knows, you might just learn some manners that you did not know you had.