HALLOWELL — “Leading Ladies” is a slam-bang comedy that involves missing family, questionable clerics, young love and Shakespeare.

Two down-on-their-luck English Shakespearean actors, Leo Clark and Jack Gable are reduced to touring the back roads of 1950’s Pennsylvania to make ends meet.

The pair discovers through a newspaper that Florence, an older ailing woman in nearby York, Pa., has been unable to find her sister’s children, Max and Steve, who moved to England as children. Florence is at death’s door and wants to include them in her multi-million dollar estate. Her daughter Meg is in favor of that but her fiancé is not.

Clark and Gable decide to make a play for the money and pose as Max and Steve to claim portions of it. When they discover that “Max” and “Steve” are actually “Maxine” and “Stephanie,” they continue on, undaunted, in drag and Meg’s fiancé becomes suspicious.

“Leading Ladies” is classic Ken Ludwig with a touch of “Some Like it Hot!” and is produced by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The production is directed by Richard Bostwick, assisted by Deb Howard. The cast includes Wendi Richard, Bob Collins, David Marshall, Jonathon Williams, Mile Clements, Galen Hall, Sarah Johnson and Lucy Poland.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. March 13, 14, 20 and 21, with matinees at 2 p.m. March 15 and 22 at Hallowell City Hall, 1 Winthrop St.

Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. Reservations can be made by calling 626-3698 and leaving a message.

For more information, visit www.gaslighttheater.org or email [email protected].

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