Lakewood Theater in Madison plans to open its season with “Drinking Habits” on May 26 at the theater, 76 Theater Road. Productions are set for 8 p.m. May 26-28; 4 p.m. May 29; 2 and 7 p.m. June 1; and 8 p.m. June 2-4.

Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancées, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spur paranoia throughout the convent that a spy has been sent from Rome to shut them down.

Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves. Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce.

Tickets cost $24 in advance or $26 at the door; $40/$45 cabaret seating, $18/$20 children.

Other productions include:

“Girl on the Train” will be staged June 9-18.

Show times are 8 p.m. June 9-11; 4 p.m. June 12; 2 and 7 p.m. June 15; and 8 p.m. June 16-18.

Rachel Watson longs for a different life.  Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love, or so it appears.  When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated.

Tickets cost $24 in advance or $26 at the door; $40/$45 cabaret seating, $18/$20 children.

“Critic’s Choice” is set for June 23-July 2.

Show times are 8 p.m. June 23-25; 4 p.m. June 26; 2 and 7 p.m. June 29; and at 8 p.m. June 30 and July 1 and 2.

Parker Ballantine is the most respected of the New York theater critics. Most of his closest friends are part of the Broadway community, such as his ex-wife actress Ivy London and producer S.P, Champlain.  These friendships are not even affected by bad reviews from Parker.  Angela is Parker’s current devoted and faithful wife. Parker and Ivy’s son, John Ballantine, lives with his father and Angie, who he loves. Angie has had problems in her life seeing projects through to completion, so Parker reacts with some skepticism when she announces that she plans to write an autobiographical play about her growing up years.  Angie does, however, see this project through, and she is eager for his opinion on this first draft.  He complies.  He hates it and tells her as much.

Instead of folding, Angie is even more determined to get the play produced to prove Parker wrong. As the play goes into production which includes out of town previews, Parker decides that his relationship with Angie will not force him out from doing his professional duty of reviewing the play if it makes it to Broadway. Will Parker be tainted by his own preconceived notions of the play, will he be honest, and if he is honest and doesn’t like the production, will his marriage be able to survive?  This show was first staged at Lakewood in 1962 with Betty White and Alan Ludden in the leads.

Tickets cost $24 in advance or $26 at the door; $40/$45 cabaret seating, $18/$20 children.

“ The Drowsy Chaperone” will be staged July 7-16 at 76 Theater Road in Madison.

The production will be staged at 8 p.m. July 7-9; 4 p.m. July 10; 2 and 7 p.m. July 13; and 8 p.m. July 14-16.

The Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Tickets cost $26 in advance or $28 at the door; $40/$45 cabaret seating, $18/$20 children.

“Halfway There,” a comedy by Norm Foster is set for July 21-30 .

Show times are 8 p.m. July 21-23; 4 p.m. July 24; 2 and 7 p.m. July 27; and at 8 p.m. July 28-30.

There’s no such thing as a secret in Stewiacke, not when the town gossips meet for coffee every day at the local diner. Vi, Rita, Mary Ellen, and Janine are all as close as can be, and they know everybody’s business. But when Sean, a heartbroken doctor moves in to take a temporary job at the clinic, he tips the Maritime town that’s famous for being halfway between the North Pole and the equator off its axis. While Sean decides to pursue Janine, it only brings her closer together with her friends, who each have their own messy love lives. Vi just turned down her boyfriend’s proposal, Mary Ellen is tired of doing everything for her husband and adult sons, Rita just wants to find a date, and Janine already lives with a man she loves a “little bit.” Can everyone find what they’re looking for in Stewiacke? And what happens when someone finds out a secret that managed to be kept hidden?

Tickets cost $24 in advance or $26 at the door; $40/$45 cabaret seating, $18/$20 children; tickets are non-refundable.

“King’s Night Out” will be performed Aug. 4-13.

The production will be staged at 8 p.m. Aug. 4-6 and 11-13; 4 p.m. Aug. 7; and 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 10.

This is the story of what happened in the hotel room next to the hotel room where Ann was whisked out of bed and into the Manhattan night by King Kong. There’s always a backstory. Myron Siegel is a low-end Broadway producer who desperately wants to be high end. Trouble is, he has, for his entire career, been sabotaged by his archrival, who is ultra-famous for making movies about scary jungle creatures. That producer’s father and Myron’s father were also rivals back in the day, and the legacy has lived on. As the play opens, Myron has just learned that the rival producer has booked a theatre directly across from the theatre where Myron’s potential bonanza, Foxy Felicia, is about to open. Nobody on the rialto knows what he’s up to. But it’s big. It’s BIG! Myron gathers his entourage – his sassy mother, his gangster henchman, his Hungarian backer and his wide-eyed niece straight off the bus from Buffalo – and concocts a plan to find out what the mystery show is all about. What he discovers is that the show is about a monkey. A very large monkey. He also learns that the rival is sleeping with his wife and plans to steal both her and Foxy Felicia away from Myron. As the story unfolds, the seven doors on the set fly open and slam shut constantly. There are also mistaken identity, pies in the face, deceit, underhandedness and even a couple of romances. And every moment is meticulously coordinated with the events depicted in the 1933 movie.

Tickets cost $24 in advance or $26 at the door; $40/$45 cabaret seating, $18/$20 children.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” based on the popular 1988 MGM film, takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity, is set for Aug. 18-27.

Show times are: 8 p.m. Aug. 18-20 and Aug. 25-27; 4 p.m. Aug. 21; and 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 24.

Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score and was nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards.

Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together, only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a female target, heiress, Christine Colgate, wins, and the other must leave town.

Tickets cost $24 in advance or $26 at the door; $40/$45 cabaret seating, $18/$20 children.

Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” will be featured Sept. 1-10.

follows the childhood and young adult years of Pip a blacksmith’s apprentice in a country village. He suddenly comes into a large fortune (his great expectations) from a mysterious benefactor and moves to London where he enters high society, he thinks he knows where the money has come from but he turns out to be sadly mistaken. The story also follows Pip’s dealings with Estella, a young woman he adores but who cannot return his love.

The production will be staged at 8 p.m. Sept. 1-3 and 8-10; 4 p.m. Sept. 4; and 2 p.m. Sept. 7.

Tickets cost $24 in advance or $26 at the door; $40/$45 cabaret seating, $18/$20 children.

“Anything to Declare?,” a chaotic and wacky farce, is set for Sept. 15-24.

Show times are 8 p.m. Sept. 15-17 and 22-24; 4 p.m. Sept. 18; and 2 p.m. Sept. 21.

The Dupont family is thrilled that their naïve young daughter has married Count Robert de Trivelin.  However, upon returning from their honeymoon, it is made clear that the young bridegroom has yet to  consummate the marriage, and indeed seems to be suffering from a psychological block brought on by a  border crossing guard yelling out “Have you anything to declare?” at a particularly delicate moment. With  only three days left to meet his mother-in-law’s demand for a grandson, or at least the promise of one, the  count seeks the assistance of Zeze, a courtesan who is passing herself off to her clientele as a prominent  artist. The entire Dupont family manages to parade through Zeze’s salon and back to the Dupont home,  along with a sobbing ex-suitor of the bride, a camel dealer of unknown origin, and a maid desperate to  break ties with Zeze and start a career of her own. As the clock continues to tick away, a chaotic race to  consummate the marriage results in everyone learning just a little bit more than they might have wanted to.

Tickets cost $24 in advance or $26 at the door; $40/$45 cabaret seating, $18/$20 children.

All tickets are non-refundable.

For tickets, or more information, call 207-474-7176, email, [email protected]or visit lakewoodtheater.org.