Amateurs Preview

Part of “Old Info And News”

By Jerome Weeks
The Dallas Morning News
Published February 28, 1992

WHAT: Amateurs
WHEN: Previews Saturday at 8:15 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Monday at 8:15 p.m. Regular run Wednesday through April 11, with performances each Tuesday through Friday at 8:15 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8:15 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. (April 7 through 9 performances at 7:30 p.m.; miser matinee April 4 at 2:30 p.m.).
WHERE: Theatre Three, the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh
ADMISSION: Previews $12.50 to $15; regular shows $12.50 to $25; miser matinee $5. Call 871-3300 or Rainbow Ticketmaster at 373-8000 or metro 647-5700.

Written by Tom Griffin, the author of The Boys Next Door, Amateurs could be construed as a comedy about people who are a little off-kilter upstairs: It’s about amateur actors and theater artists. Mr. Griffin is a former member of Adrian Hall’s Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence, R.I. — which is where the play debuted — so he knows whereof he spoofs. Being given its area premiere by Theatre Three, Amateurs takes place at th e opening-night party of the Timberly Troupers, who are presenting a musical about that favorite Broadway topic: “singing funeral parlors.’ We meet the typical incompetents, dreamers, hangers-on and even the occasionally talented person of such organizations, including a nebbishy ventriloquist, a bullying leading man and a young actress who may be on her way to Hollywood. Into their midst comes (Jaws theme music starts up) — the local drama critic! Amateurs, directed by Jac Alder, is neither a horror story nor a sequel to Revenge of the Nerds.