Jennifer Inglis and Patrick Baranowski enjoy a glass of lemonade in Cranbrook Community Theatre’s production of “The Exquisite Hour” at the Stage Door. CCT is presenting two one-act comedies — “The Exquisite Hour” and “Next” — which open next Friday

Jennifer Inglis and Patrick Baranowski enjoy a glass of lemonade in Cranbrook Community Theatre’s production of “The Exquisite Hour” at the Stage Door. CCT is presenting two one-act comedies — “The Exquisite Hour” and “Next” — which open next Friday

One-act comedies launch Cranbrook Community Theatre’s 2014

"The Exquisite Hour" and "Next" open next week, on Friday, Jan.24, and run for eight nights.

Cranbrook Community Theatre (CCT) is bringing two one-act plays to the Studio/Stage Door this month.

“The Exquisite Hour” and “Next” open next week, on Friday, Jan.24, and run for eight nights.

Although very different stories, both of these comedies explore similar themes of self-discovery and realization through their male characters. Thought-provoking performances invite the audience to experience both an extraordinary hour in a department store employee’s routine life and an overweight, middle-aged draftee’s hilarious attempts to avoid military service.

Joining these men are the women forcing their hands. “The Exquisite Hour” introduces an encyclopedia saleswoman whose intentions are not what they seem, and “Next’s” confrontational female sergeant finds herself in a determined battle to enlist her latest recruit.

Cranbrook’s Elizabeth Ross has graced the stage as a performer, and “The Exquisite Hour” is her first foray into directing.

“Why not add directing as a new challenge?” Ross said. “It’s certainly a new perspective from being an actor to directing what is happening on stage and behind the scenes.”

Bob McCue, who directed last year’s production of “Steel Magnolias,” is back to sit in the director’s chair for “Next,” a play he’s been waiting 25 years to bring to the stage.

“I’m very excited to be back in the saddle this year with ‘Next,”‘ he said.

These two one-act plays showcase the phenomenal physical comedic stylings of actors Patrick Baranowski, Jennifer Inglis, Peter Schalk, and Melodie Hull.

Produced by Kristy Quinn, “The Exquisite Hour” and “Next” will run together for eight nights, January 24 and 25, January 30, 31 and February 1, February 6, 7 and 8 at the Stage Door in Cranbrook.

Tickets are $13 for CCT members, $15 for non-members and are available at Lotus Books or at the door.

CCT has been entertaining Cranbrook and area audiences for over 50 years. It strives to promote and develop local talent; on stage, behind the scenes, or in the director’s chair.  CCT believes theatre, music, dance, and art play an important part in the community. The group is pleased to call the Studio/Stage Door home.