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Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre opens ‘I Ought to be in Pictures’

Teenage schemes and Hollywood dreams propel the action of Neil Simon’s poignant comedy “I Ought to Be in Pictures,” the next offering from Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre (5827 Broadway, Lancaster) set to open Friday and run through June 28.

The play, which debuted in 1979 and was adapted into the 1982 film of the same title starring Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret, tells the story of an ambitious would-be starlet who makes her way to her estranged father’s home in California in order to be within striking distance of a big Hollywood career. Along the way, father and daughter make up for 16 years of lost time and everything gets resolved in that particularly warm, mildly teary, Simon-esque way.

Desiderio’s production, directed by Jay Desiderio, stars Marc Jon Filippone as the father and Cate Werynski as the daughter. Tickets range from $36 to $46 depending on the entrée. There will be a special Father’s Day performance on June 21 with half-priced tickets for dads “as a gift to celebrate the love between father and daughter.”

Call 683-7767 for more information.

– Colin Dabkowski

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