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‘Angry Housewives,’ ‘Mousetrap’ Are Hit Plays For Good Reason

This is the weekend for long, long, LONG-running theatrical hits. At least, for new Spokane versions of them.

The first is “Angry Housewives,” which opens tonight at the Valley Repertory Theatre and runs through May 20.

This is the hilarious 1983 musical by Chad Henry and A.M. Collins about a group of Seattle housewives who decide to form a punk-rock group. It is famous for its raucous concert scenes, and for a hysterical song about corn flakes, of all things.

It was so popular that its initial run at Seattle’s Pioneer Square Theater stretched from weeks, to months, to years.

It became the longest-running show in Seattle history, and it eventually became a bona fide Pioneer Square tourist attraction.

The show then moved on to Chicago and New York.

The Valley Rep’s production is directed by Jodine Watson, and the musical director is Linda Busse.

Troy Nickerson is the choreographer.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, and 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

General admission tickets are $10, $9 for seniors, and $8 for students.

Call 927-6878.

The Valley Repertory Theatre is located on the southwest corner of Sprague and Pines (park in the parking lot behind the building).

“The Mousetrap”

This takes the award as the longest-running play of all time, at least in the English-speaking world.

This Agatha Christie mystery has been running since 1952 in London. Talk about a tourist attraction - this play ranks up there with the Tower of London.

The Rogue Players open their own version of it tonight, continuing through May 14.

“The Mousetrap” is a classic English mystery, in which a group of strangers are stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm. Murder ensues.

The show runs tonight, Saturday and Sunday, and May 5-7 and 12-14. Friday and Saturday showtimes are 8 p.m., Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

General admission tickets are $8, $6 for seniors and students. Call 327-9907 for tickets and information.

The Rogue Players perform in the Mason Auditorium in the West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt.