Short-run play highlights wit and wisdom of 1960s columnist

The Limelight Theatre will present a production of Allison Engel and Margaret Engel’s new play, “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End,” Friday and Saturday. 

 

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 

The one-woman comedy, titled after Bombeck’s long-running newspaper column, is a candid commentary of her life that made her the champion of suburban housewives everywhere. 

“The one-act show is full of Erma’s famous one-liners and humor that our audiences will remember from the columns taped on their refrigerators,” said Beth Lambert, Limelight Theatre’s executive director. 

Kristy Meanor, award-winning actress and artistic director of the Wetumpka Depot Players (Alabama) plays the role of Bombeck. 

“I grew up reading her books and appreciated her humor long before I was a wife and mother,” Meanor said. “Throughout my life, I have embraced Erma’s mantra — ‘If you can’t make it better, you had better laugh at it.’ Working on the piece, which is really just one fun ‘momologue,’ I have come to appreciate that not only was Bombeck delightfully honest and funny, but she was on the forefront of being a voice for women in her support of the Equal Rights Amendment.” 

Tickets are $20. For information, call 825-1164 or go to limelight-theatre.org. 

 

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