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Kirk Players to perform '37 Post Cards'

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  • The Kirk Players' final production of the season will be "37 Post Cards" at 7:30 p.m. June 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. June 14 and 15 at Mundelein High School's theater.

      The Kirk Players' final production of the season will be "37 Post Cards" at 7:30 p.m. June 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. June 14 and 15 at Mundelein High School's theater.
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Kirk Players will bring their 48th season to a close with "37 Post Cards," a contemporary comedy by Michael McKeever.

The curtain goes up Friday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Mundelein High School, 1350 W. Hawley St., Mundelein. Additional performances are set for 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15.

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The story centers on Avery Sutton, played by Michael Stebbins, and his unassuming fiancé, Gillian Moore, played by Mandy Stebbins, Michael's real-life wife, as they return to the Sutton family home in Connecticut.

After traveling abroad for several years, Avery looks forward to a pleasant time introducing his fiancé to the family he left years ago. Unfortunately, nothing is as he remembered it.

Avery's grandmother, Nana, played by Bobbi LaBelle, who everyone thought was dead, is still very much alive; his sweet Aunt Ester, played by Bev Johnson, has managed to create a booming phone-sex business; the family dog hasn't been fed in five years; and Avery's parents, Evelyn Sutton, played by Kat Basso, and Stanford P. Sutton, played by Mike Lieberman, seem to be oblivious to the entire situation.

On top of all this, a real moose has overtaken one of the guest bedrooms and the house has settled into a distinctly tilted angle. Events soon reach a crescendo, and Avery must accept the eccentricities of his family or leave them behind.

"This real-life comedy is probably playing out today in any number of homes," said Mary Jo Pippenger, director of the show. "That's what makes '37 Post Cards' so hilarious. We see each other so clearly in the characters."

Supporting Pippenger are Dom Basso, technical director; Anna Lieberman, assistant director; Brian Motyka, stage manager; Patrick Blake, set design; Chuck Fitz-Hugh, lighting design; Fran Hansen, properties mistress; Marilee CC Wald, sound design; and guest costume mistress Rebecca Gorsuch.

More information and tickets for "37 Post Cards" are available by visiting or calling (847) 521-6192. "37 Post Cards" contains adult subject matter.

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