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Richey Suncoast Theatre announces its 2013-14 lineup

The romantic, the anti-romantic and the hilariously ridiculous could describe the 2013-14 theatrical season announced this week by Richey Suncoast Theatre.

Oh — and the "mysterious," since, because of licensing rules, the title of the season's last show can't be revealed until Feb. 1, 2014. "It's a good surprise for everyone," said Marie Skelton, publicist and frequent director/choreographer at the theater.

The two musicals being announced show the two sides to romance: Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's 1960 classic, Camelot, based on the King Arthur tale of a doomed romantic triangle; and Company, Stephen Sondheim's sweetly cynical take on marriage.

"Company and Camelot have not been done around here for some time," Ms. Skelton said. "That's why (we) picked them."

Camelot was last seen at Richey Suncoast in June 1995, while Company played in June 2000. (Stage West Community Playhouse did Camelot in March 2008.)

The two plays are two more Michael Parker bedroom farces, which have proved popular with crowds the past two Richey Suncoast seasons: 2011's Sin, Sex and the CIA and this season's The Sensuous Senator and Hot Bed Hotel.

October's The Amorous Ambassador brings back "Hormone" Harry Douglas, the libido-driven, righteous-sounding politician from The Sensuous Senator. He has been made the American ambassador to Great Britain and is still fibbing to his long-suffering wife, Lois, this time saying he's going to a golf tourney in Scotland, when, in truth, he has set up a romantic tryst with a sexy neighbor at the Douglas house while Lois goes to a fancy spa.

Problem is, daughter Debbie, thinking the house will be empty, is bringing her boyfriend Joe home for some hanky-panky. To top it off, Harry's secretary Faye moves the embassy into Harry's house because of a bomb threat at the office. Everyone is sealed inside for safety reasons, and they all spend the play trying to avoid each other.

The second Parker farce is There's a Burglar in My Bed, which introduces wealthy New England society types William W. Worthington III and his wife, Ashley, who are getting a divorce and wrangling over who gets the famous — and priceless — Worthington necklace. Each comes up with a scheme to get their hands on that piece of jewelry, even if it means a faked burglary, knockout drops, scantily clad babes, private detectives, and, of course, mistaken identities and slamming doors.

The season-closing "to be announced" show is likely a musical, since Richey Suncoast traditionally does three musicals, two plays and the holiday special each season.

A sixth production is the annual Pasco Christmas Musical, which will return to its traditional format as a locally themed musical with a story after one year as a holiday-themed talent show.

Season tickets for the five regular shows are $60 (a $25 savings over buying shows individually). The Christmas show can be added for another $10, or $70 total for all six shows (a $32 savings). Current season ticket holders have until May 26 to retain their current seats. After that, all unsold seats will go up for grabs. Tickets for individual shows are $17 and will go on sale when the box office opens in early September for the regular season.

The theater is at 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays one week before and during the run of a show and an hour before each performance. Call (727) 842-6777.

>>Fast facts

2013-14 Richey Suncoast Theatre Season

Sept. 12-29: Company, a musical by Stephen Sondheim

Oct. 17-Nov. 3: The Amorous Ambassador, a comedy/farce

Nov. 29-Dec. 8: Pasco Christmas Musical

Jan. 16-Feb. 2: There's a Burglar in My Bed, a comedy/farce

March 6-23: Camelot, a musical

May 8-25: To Be Announced

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