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September 13, 2013 - Metro Community News -  Love,Sex, & the IRS


'Love, Sex, & the IRS' Kicks Off Theater Season at Opera House

By Jennifer Lysiak

LANCASTER – How far would you go to save a few tax dollars?  In the production of "Love, Sex, & the IRS", produced by the Lancaster Regional Players, audiences will see one character who takes it pretty far.

This is a story about Jon Tractman and Leslie Arthur, two struggling musicians in New York City.  The two men have been rooming together to save money, but to save even more money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as "married" thanks to the versatility of Leslie's name.

The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the "couple" they're going to be investigated.  Leslies masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon's fiancée, Kate.  Complicating matters further, Leslie and Kate are having an affair behind Jon's back.  Obstacles ensue and outside forces, including building supervisors, mothers, and girlfriends, bring chaos into the roommates' lives and apartment.  Will they be able to keep up the charade?

Come and find out during one of the six performances at the Lancaster Opera House.  The first performance will be at 8 pm Friday, September 20 and will kick off Curtain Up! – the official opening of the professional theater season.  Other performances will be at 7:30 pm Friday, Sept. 27, Saturday, Sept 21 and Sept. 28; 2:30 pm Sunday Sept. 22 and 29.
Performing "Love, Sex & the IRS" previously in 2007, the Lancaster Regional Players are excited to bring the show back, which is under the direction of Eileen Stevic.

"It's a comedy.  It's fun.  It's a type of show where the audience can come and have a good time," said Stevic.  "There are only eight people in the show, but everyone has their own personalities and characters and it's really starting to come together."

Playing the role of Jon Tractman is East Aurora resident, Curtis Rose."I enjoy performing as Jon," said Rose.  "He's a very interesting character, because he has a lot of levels to him.  At first, he's just this normal guy but then throughout the play how he changes.  The show itself is just non-step comedy.  The audience will just be cracking up the whole time.  Every character in here has great lines and it is funny." Rose added this is the most lines he has had in a lead role and it is even more challenging for him, because he currently rehearses for another production, which will open in October.  He will be joining the East Aurora Players to perform in "Toward Zero," a play written by Agatha Christie.

Taking any chance to perform onstage, Roe has been performing since high school.  But it wasn't until about five years ago that he started steadily performing in Arcade with a theater he and some fellow actors formed.

Even though Rose enjoys performing in plays, his passion lies with musicals.  "I've always loved musicals, being on stage, and being able to be somebody different.  It's fun," remarked Rose.  "I love to sing.  I love expressing myself through music.  It has gotten me through a lot of hard times.  I can put more emotion out through singing than I can just straight acting, I think."

This is Rose's first time performing with the Lancaster Regional Players, as well as performing at the Opera House. Playing Rose's supposedly better half in the show is Scott Mackmin of Tonawanda, who performs as Leslie – a role which requires him to dress as a woman in part of the play.  However, Mackmin said the role is supposed to be farcical.
"It's not meant to be a definitive transition," remarked Mackmin.  "It's meant to be a guy who looks ugly, who's in a dress, and who is not passable at all.  In fact, in some of the versions online, you have this big burly guy come out with chest hair popping out and full facial hair and nobody will know the difference because it's supposed to be that funny.  The direction I'm taking it is somewhere between Nathan Lane and Abbott & Costello."

Mackmin said he recently performed in "Roomies" at Desiderio's Lancaster Ale House, which is similar to this show, except this time, his role was reversed. "I played the straight man role as opposed to the best friend role being thrown into a dress," said Mackmin.  "It feels like it is theatrical karma.  I had my chance to push around a friend, and now I have to take one for the team."

Mackmin also found his passion for theater in high school, and has been involved in community theater for the past seven years. "I got into it as a hobby in high school," explained Mackmin. "I did show choir and performance choir in college.  I came back home after considering a career in opera, and then decided to go for teaching instead.  I still act on the side for fun and entertainment."

In November, Mackmin will be part of the cast of "Little Women" produced by the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild, and in June, will perform in "Les Miserablés" produced by Rocking Horse Productions, back at the Lancaster Opera House.

For tickets to "Love, Sex, & the IRS" visit or call 683-1776.  The box office is open from 9:30 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday and one hour before show time.  The Opera House is located at 21 Central Ave. in Lancaster, on the second floor of the Town Hall.  Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors.

Lancaster Regional Players, PO Box 51, Lancaster, NY  14086