Carpenter Square Theater stages 'Orphans' 

Famed playwright Lyle Kessler's tragi-comedic story of two brothers struggling to survive in Philadelphia opens Friday on a downtown Oklahoma City stage.

"Orphans" follows the pair "? petty thief and older brother Treat, and his younger, hypochondriac sibling Phillip "? as they make do in an old row house.

Convinced he is allergic to the outdoors, Phillip coops up in the home, learning about the outside world from game shows, old movies and whatever passes by the window. Meanwhile, Treat makes money by stealing and mugging by knifepoint. Out on the town after a particularly great score, Treat meets Harold "? an older con-artist and fellow orphan who eventually becomes a surrogate father and mentor to the two brothers.

The Carpenter Square Theatre production is directed by Rhonda Clark and stars Matthew Charnay as Phillip and Wil Rogers and Treat. Ben Hall performs as Harold. Carpenter Square Theatre's "Orphans" stages 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Stage Center, 400 W. Sheridan. Performances continue Jan. 16-17, 22-24 and 29-31.

Friday's performance includes complimentary food, while Saturday's show is followed by a "Theatre Exchange" discussion detailing the production, while organizers, actors and production staff answer audience questions.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and military, and $5 for students. For more information, call 232-6500.

"?Joe Wertz

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