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Melia, Gage in "Bright Ideas" at Venture Theatre

Venture Theatre actors Tiffany Melia and Ryan Gage play the Bradleys, a couple who go to outrageous lengths to place their child in an advanced childhood development program, in “Bright Ideas.”

How far would you go to get your child into the right preschool?

Venture Theatre explores that question in its new production, “Bright Ideas,” Eric Coble’s gleeful, Macbeth-ian black comedy about the nurturing instinct gone haywire.

Venture’s Lynn Al directs this little preschool of horrors beginning Oct. 28 and playing through Nov. 12. Call the theater at 591-9535 or go to www.venturetheatre.org for tickets. Halloween weekend only, costumed partrons get in two-for-one at the door. Seating is limited.

“Bright Ideas” features Tiffany Melia and Ryan Gage as Genevra and Joshua Bradley. The Bradleys are the parents of Mac, a 3-year old who’s almost 4 and still wait-listed to get into Bright Ideas Early Childhood Development Academy — despite the fact they registered him the day he was born.

Just how far are the Bradleys willing to step over the line to get their son into Bright Ideas before he turns 4? In this dark comedy, that line is just a fatal plate of pesto away from blissful parenting success.

Macbeth meets MacParenting in this wickely funny comedy of homicidal proportions. Venture veterans Dina Brophy, Shad Scott, Angela Fulkerson, Stephen Hrubes and Crystal Oring round out the cast.

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Contact Jaci Webb at 657-1359 or jwebb@billingsgazette.com

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