The Times West Virginian

February 27, 2014

‘It’s fun and it’s cheap’

Comedy ‘Love, Sex and the IRS’ opens MAC’s 2014 season

By Chelsi Baker
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown will open its 2014 season with the comedy “Love, Sex and the IRS” Friday.

The play tells the story of two out-of-work musicians who file their taxes as a married couple in attempts to save money. A mother, a girlfriend, a landlord and an IRS auditor drop in all at once, putting the men in a tight situation that can only be escaped through a series of cover-ups, lies, partial lies and even cross dressing.

“It’s a laugh out loud comedy that we believe people are really going to enjoy,” said director Roger Banks. “This is one of the funniest shows I’ve been connected with. I’m really enjoying myself.”

Audience members can expect to see slapstick comedy, bottles being broken over people’s heads and what Banks describes as a terrible attempt at cross dressing.

The guy makes for one ugly woman. The show will be performed by the MACplayers. The group features local cast members, a few of which have been trained at Fairmont State University. It is the first of four major productions for the MACplayers, which marks the eight-member group’s return to the MAC after five years.

Banks praised the group’s talent and passion for acting, saying they all work together and feed off each other’s comedy.

“This is the kind of quality that comes from a community theatre,” he said.

The MAC holds open auditions for its shows, so anyone can come and try their hand at acting. Members are all regular people who perform and contribute to this and other shows in their spare time.

The Monongalia Arts Center is a nonprofit arts and culture center that houses the Benedum Gallery, Davis Gallery, Tanner Theatre and a gift shop. It sells and displays artwork and trinkets made by local artists.

The MAC also offers programs open to the public, including a drum circle, bluegrass jam, open-life drawing sessions and poetry group meetings.

Show time for “Love, Sex and the IRS” is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Tanner Theatre at the MAC. Additional showings are at 8 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at www.monartscenter.com/shop or via phone at 304-292-3325. They can also be purchased at the door.

“It’s fun and it’s cheap.” Banks said. “You can’t even go to the movies for that price these days.”

Email Chelsi Baker at cbaker@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @cbakerTWV.