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Laughs galore at Sellwood Playhouse summer show

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - At the crescendo of the two-act farce Let Him Sleep till Its Time for His Funeral, pandemonium breaks out as the Dollefson family (played by Corissa Tahtinen, Grace Grieve, Brian Gilmore, Tom Grieve, Tim Grieve, and Christina Grieve) tries to sort out layers of misunderstanding.Laughter rang through the converted church building, now the home of the Sellwood Playhouse, at 901 S.E. Spokane Street when the curtains rose on June 14.

“We chose Peg Kehret’s ‘Let Him Sleep ’till It’s Time for His Funeral’ mainly because it is such a fun play,” said the playhouse’s Artistic Director, Tom Grieve

“We’ve really enjoying doing it, because of all the chaos and turmoil we see on the news every day,” Grieve explained. “In this play, our goal is to bring people back to the 1950s – a little bit more innocent and fun. Indeed, happy days!

“We’re providing people with a way to escape all the things going in the ‘real world’, and let them relax.”

The show played six performances, to good reviews, through June 29th.

Coming this fall, the Sellwood Playhouse will present Paul Freed’s comedy, “Death By Chocolate” – a play that combines all the elements of classic murder mystery with a scathing satire of today’s health crazes. Look for it on the last two weekends in September and the first weekend in October.

For more information, there’s a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SellwoodPlayhouse