World Premiere comedy on tap at Conklin's

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A new comedy by Sean Grennan will make its world premiere at Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, starting Thursday, March 6 for a seven-week run.

"Another Round of Beer for Breakfast" will play Thursday through Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through April 19. There is no performance on Easter Sunday, April 20.

"Another Round" is a sequel to the hilarious comic hit of the Barn's 2013 season, "Beer for Breakfast." Conklin's producer and director Mary Simon obtained the rights to be the second theatre to ever produce the original show. The Barn's production received such acclaim at the theatre in Goodfield that playwright Grennan is trusting the Barn with the world premiere of the sequel.

"'Another Round' is hilarious in its own right, so audiences won't need to have seen the original to enjoy the sequel," said a news release from the Barn.

In the original, TJ, Mark and Richard, who had recently suffered a stroke, turn up for a guy's weekend getaway at a cabin owned by friend and politician Adrian. Adrian doesn't show up, but his spurned wife Jessie does and a hilarious battle of the sexes is set in motion to determine gender superiority, leading to a revelation that leaves the group reeling. The play ends with Jessie and TJ rekindling their college romance and Richard—stroke or not—deciding to run against the crooked Adrian in the next election.

"Another Round" picks up two years later when TJ and Jessie are happily married and Richard, with Mark acting as his campaign manager, is in a heated campaign with Adrian. Everyone turns up at the cabin again on election night trying to avoid a storm, only to have Adrian's new wife Kylie turn up to bring on another hilarious battle — this time between ex-wife and new wife.

"What happens during the storm and just before the polls close will have audiences rolling in the aisles with laughter," the release said.

Bob Lane, Jr. and Mary Simon return to head up the cast as TJ and Jessie, with Pat Gaik and Dan Challacombe reprising their roles as Mark and Richard. April Wyant joins the cast as Kylie.

The production is directed by Mary Simon

Prices for dinner and show are $33 on Thursday evening, $35 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $37 on Saturday.

Conklin's Barn II buffet includes four main entrees featuring the Barn's renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting, homemade desserts.
For reservations, call (309) 965-2545. For more information, visit the Barn on the internet at www.barn2.com.