The holiday comedy "Making God Laugh" opens this month at the Actors’ Playhouse

Through December 29, 2013.

Inspired by the Woody Allen joke, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”, Sean Grennan’s Making God Laugh will make its Florida premiere at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre this month.

Making God Laugh is a family comedy, following “empty nest” parents “Bill” and “Ruthie”, as they welcome their children home over various holidays, each ten years apart. Starting at Thanksgiving 1980, the newly “launched” kids – a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football player – all return home, and audiences learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. Over the course of thirty years’ worth of celebrations, including Christmas 1990, New Year’s Eve 2000 and Easter in the present, audiences follow the parents and grown children as they adapt to their new adult relationships. Tensions flare up as unresolved issues, old family traditions and dubious recipes are trotted out in this rare play that manages to be absolutely genuine, deeply moving and unbelievably funny all at the same time.

Directed by David Arisco, the creative team for Making God Laugh includes Gene Seyffer (Scenic Design), Ellis Tillman (Costume Design), Elmo Lanclos (Sound Design) and Luke Klingberg (Lighting Design).

“We have assembled an all-star cast to create a dysfunctional American family that you will all recognize. In many ways, they will remind you of your own,” said Director David Arisco. “That’s what playwright Sean Grennan does best, we know these people well, and will laugh and cry along with them on their thirty year journey.”

Evening performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 3 p.m. A special weekday matinee is scheduled on Wednesday, December 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $40, and on Friday and Saturday evenings $48. The theatre offers a 10 percent senior discount rate the day of performance and $15 student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability and exclude Saturday and Sunday.

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134

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