Saturday, April 13, 2013


The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) and TLC Federal Credit Union present You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water Is Running, a collection of four one-act comedies, opening May 10. Written by Robert Anderson and directed locally by Chris Chiola, each play uses humor to explore morality, relationships, and taboo subjects.

In March TAPA premiered the first part of a two-part series featuring one-act plays with the drama Memory that dealt with the trials of losing one’s memory with age. You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water Is Running is the humorous end of the two-part series. These witty comedies aim to touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. However, some material may not be suitable for those not of a mature age, so no young ones, please.

In Act I, “The Shock of Recognition,” a playwright and his producer flirt with the concept of full frontal male nudity on stage, and if it can or will be done by an eager actor. Don’t worry though; that is left up to the audience’s imagination.

Act II, “The Footsteps of Doves,” examines the confines of the marital bed - literally. The play follows a couple who, after 25 years of marriage, is considering going from a double bed to two single beds.

Act III, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” confronts parents’ issues with a pleasure-seeking teen, a dating daughter and a third child’s college problems and how these issues strain a marriage.

In the final play, Act IV’s “I’m Herbert,” two aging love birds sit on their porch with failing memories of their past lives and loves.

Opening night of every TAPA production includes a champagne reception, with a complimentary beverage and appetizers. Doors for opening night open at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the Barn Community Playhouse, 12th and Ivy in Tillamook. Shows start promptly at 7 p.m. Other performances are at 7 p.m. May 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, May 19 and 26.

Reserved seating is available through Diamond Art Jewelers at (503) 842-7940. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors or students, and $40 for a family of four. For more information, visit or contact

Back row: Ann Harper, Garrick Gordon, Margaret Page & Carolyn Olson
Middle row: Danielle Thornton, Mart & Deb Cherry
Front row: Lora Ressler, Brett Durer & Barbi Fox

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