Northeastern Illinois University

Stage Center Theatre

From the Summer Stock Theater Season 2000


Everybody Loves Opal

Opal Kronkie, a middle-aged recluse, lives in a tumble-down mansion at the edge of the municipal dump.  The general disarray of her establishment is aggravated by the fact that Opal collects things—anything that can be toted home in her little red wagon.  Opal is also an optimist, for no matter how mean her lot—or her “friends”—Opal responds with unfailing kindness and an abiding faith in the goodness of human nature.  Into her rather strange world comes Gloria, Bradford and Solomon, three purveyors of bogus perfume on the lam from the authorities.  Opal’s menage is the perfect hideout—and Opal, herself, might be the remedy for their shattered finances.  They decide that what she needs is plenty of insurance, a rapid demise, and three beneficiaries named Gloria, Bradford and Solomon.  Attempted murder wouldn’t seem to be funny, but in Mr. Patrick’s magic hands it is uproarious…Through it all, Opal radiates kindness, affection and, strangely enough,  gratitude.”

From: Dramatists Play Service Catalog.

“…shamelessly entertaining…”   N.Y. Post
“…loads of laughs and a cheerful philosophy.”   N.Y. Mirror
“…chockful of nutty laughs.”   Women’s Wear Daily
“…goofy, extravagant and enjoyable.”   N.Y. Daily News


Arlene Cooney...Opal
Mister Tanner...Himself
Jennifer Savarirayan...Gloria
Kurt Merrill...Bradford
James Mulcahey...Solomon
Christopher Rubano...Officer

Production Staff

Directed by: Ron Mace
Stage Manager: John Li
Set/Light Design: Robert Smith
Costumes: Tina Haglund
Master Electrician: Adam Doud
Set Construction Crew: Summer Theater Class
Master Carpenter: Marc Muehelip
Fight Coordinator: Todd Smith
Sound Technician: Rick Martin
Musical Effects: Stephen Zivin
Lights: John Li
Sound: Francisco Gutierrez
Props: Angeline Hanson
Publicity/Advertising: Laura R. Hadley
Producer:  Rodney Higginbotham

James Mulcahey, Arlene Cooney, Jennifer Savarirayan, Kurt Merrill.

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