Dirty Rotten Scoundrels debuted as a movie in 1988 and was turned into a stage musical in 2005 by David Yazbek, the composer-lyricist who had done the same for the The Full Monty a few years earlier.
Many people think Yazbek made those two movies even better.
Theatergoers can see for themselves, as the Show Palace Dinner Theatre does its version of the musical through April 18.
It stars Matthew McGee (The Big Bang, A Tuna Christmas) as the suave con artist Lawrence Jameson and Michael Ursua (Disney Cruise Line creative team) as the low-brow con artist Freddy Benson. Both men target unsuspecting women vacationing at luxury resorts in one small village on the Mediterranean Sea.
They target a recent arrival, "the Queen of American Soap," sweet and naive Christine Colgate (Missy Dowse, Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie) and con each other even as they try to trick her.
The show runs matinees and evenings through April 18 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Dinner and show, $46; show only, $34.95; ages 12 and younger, $28.45 and $23.45. Call (727) 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll-free elsewhere at 1-888-655-7469.
Barbara Fredricksen, Times staff writer