MOVP presents: Same Time Next Year

During the next two weekends, the Mid-Ohio Valley Players will be acting in “Same Time, Next Year” by Bernard Slade. The romantic comedy will have six performances starting on Friday at 8 p.m.

Leslie McGoron is the director and said she was glad MOVP agreed with her suggestion to do the play.

“It was made into a movie that I’ve liked for a very long time,” she said.

The movie was produced in 1978 and stars Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn.

McGoron said both the movie and the play tell the story of Doris and George, married strangers who meet by chance at a California hotel. McGoron said George is a visiting accountant from New Jersey doing the books for his oldest client, and Doris is a housewife from Oakland on a retreat at the same hotel. After a spark is ignited during their first encounter, McGoron said the couple agrees to meet every year at the same time at the same hotel to continue their relationship. McGoron said the story spans the entire length of their affair–25 years.

“We get to see them grow together as a couple,” she said.

Tim Tuten, 31, of Marietta, will be playing George in the play and said the transition of how the couple interacts with each other over the years should prove interesting to people.

“We see them go from having a fling, to an intimate relationship, to falling in love,” he said.

Tuten said he was able to draw from his own life when trying to find inspiration for the character, especially when George first tries to court Doris.

“I bring in my own personal quirks, like when you think you’re all smooth when you really aren’t,” he said.

Tuten said even though the play is set when the couple meets at the hotel, you get to know about their home lives as they discuss what has happened to them since their last meeting.

“You get to hear the interpersonal struggles in his life,” he said.

Tickets for the play are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $7 for children under 17. McGoron said that due to the adult themes in the play, people should keep their children at home, though.

“This is definitely for mature audiences,” she said.

Tuten said that regardless of the composition of the audience, he and his co-star, Beth Lane as Doris, have one mission.

“We plan to bring the house down,” he said.

If you go

¯What: Mid-Ohio Valley Players performance of the romantic comedy “Same Time, Next Year.”

¯When: 8 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Feb. 15; 8 p.m. Feb. 16; 3 p.m. Feb. 17.

¯Where: The Mid-Ohio Valley Players Theatre at 229 Putnam St.

¯Cost: Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $7 for children under 17. They can be purchased at the theater the nights of the show and online at midohiovalleyplayers.org.

Source: midohiovalleyplayers.org.