'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' closes Weathervane season

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"The con is on" at Weathervane Playhouse as Akron's hometown theater closes its 2013-2014 season with the musical comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," which will be staged June 5 to 29.

Set against the backdrop of the French Riviera, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" tells the madcap tale of two lying, cheating, dirty, rotten con men. The high-brow sophisticate Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by sweet-talking rich ladies out of their money, whereas the low-brow hood Freddy Benson swindles women by waking their compassion with outrageous lies about his ill grandmother.

Lawrence realizes that there isn't enough room in town for two con men -- so he strikes a deal with Freddy: The first man to swindle $50,000 from a woman gets to stay in town while the loser must hit the road. The crooks set their sights on the American soap heiress Christine Colgate.

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is best enjoyed by audiences over the age of 16.

The play is directed and choreographed by Jim Weaver with musical direction by John Ebner.

Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. The low-cost preview performance is June 5 at 7:30 p.m.; the official opening-night performance is June 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the June 5 preview performance only are $19. Tickets for performances after June 5 are $25.

For performances after June 5, $21 tickets for seniors are available for Thursday and Sunday performances. Tickets for children (ages 17 or younger) and college students are $7.50 each at all performances (including the June 5 preview performance). Additional discounts for groups of 10 or larger are also available.

The Weathervane Playhouse box office is open Mondays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and is also open beginning one hour before each performance. For tickets, visit or call the box office at 330-836-2626 or visit www.weathervaneplayhouse.com.

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