Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End

By Allison Engel and Margaret Engel

Thompson Shelterhouse | May 6 - June 11, 2017

Directed by David Esbjornson

If you can laugh at it, you can live with it.
From her home outside Dayton, Ohio, bestselling author Erma Bombeck gave a hilarious voice to ordinary suburban housewives everywhere, using humor to tell the reality of her life and theirs. At Wit’s End chronicles Bombeck’s fascinating story, beginning in 1964 with the launch of her groundbreaking newspaper column through her emergence as America’s favorite mother, with top billing on kitchen refrigerators from coast to coast. Filled with Bombeck’s own wit and wisdom, this new play paints a warm and funny portrait of the woman who dared to ask, "If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?"

"Immensely entertaining." — TheaterMania

Advisory: Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End is appropriate for adult and teenage audiences. It contains no adult language.



Production Sponsor

Additional Support

David and Jenny Powell

Linda and Gary Greenberg

Season Sponsor & Design Sponsor

Allan Berliant and Jennie Rosenthal Berliant Family Fund

Season Sponsor of New Work

The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation

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Preview Performances

May 6, 2017, at 8 p.m.; May 7, 2017, at 7 p.m.; May 9, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; May 10, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Be among the first to see the show before opening night and save! Preview performance tickets are discounted and begin at just $35. Not valid with other discounts.

Opening Night

May 11, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Share the excitement of Thursday opening nights with a lively post-show cast party with complimentary hors d'oeuvres by Vonderhaar's Catering.

Meet the Artists

May 14, 2017, at 2 p.m.; May 21, 2017, at 2 p.m.; May 24, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; June 1, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Join in stimulating discussions with cast and crew following the performances.

Erma Bombeck Book Club

May 1 and May 22, 2017, at 7 p.m.
at Joseph-Beth Booksellers' Rookwood location

This season, in partnership with Joseph-Beth Booksellers, the Playhouse is launching a book club for audience members interested in better understanding the process of adapting a book from the page to the stage. Playhouse book club participants are invited to attend special discussion events. We’ll talk about the book itself: the plot and characters, the overarching themes, how you might imagine it translates to a theatrical setting and even the challenges you see in adapting the story. Discussions that take place after you’ve seen the play focus on what excited and surprised you and how members of the artistic team approached the show.

Books can be purchased or ordered through Joseph-Beth. Discussion events are free, but registration is required in advance through the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.

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