Backstage offers up light romantic comedy in time for Valentine’s Day |

Backstage offers up light romantic comedy in time for Valentine’s Day

Summit Daily News

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BRECKENRIDGE ” For longtime friends and co-workers Chris Willard and Shelly Bordas, the hardest part of their jobs as the two players in the Backstage’s latest production “The Housekeeper” ” is keeping a straight face.

Willard said he and Bordas are the kind of actors that feed off each other and the audience in this kind of piece.

“Comedy really finds itself with the audience,” Willard said, noting that the play will change and morph throughout its run.

“The first and last show will be different shows ” same script!” Shelly said.

As Manley Carstairs and Annie Dankworth in this James Prideaux play, the two act out roles which director Pamela Clifton described as “Monty Python” meets “My Fair Lady,” “with the sophisticated guy and the low-class housekeeper.”

The romantic comedy, which opens tonight, follows Manley as he moves on after the death of his domineering mother and hires a housekeeper.

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“She’s really annoying and awful, but you kind of have to feel sorry for her ” she’s kind of homeless and bamboozles her way into getting the job,” Bordas said.

However, as Willard said, “In a lot of ways they are similar ” two lonely people.”

Director Clifton also noted the film’s sweetness.

“How sweet it is to see two people that nobody could want find a connection, romance in an offbeat way,” she said.

“The Housekeeper” opens tonight at the Breckenridge Theatre and plays Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through March 8.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or

What: “The Housekeeper”

Where: The Breckenridge Theatre, 121 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge

When: Opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. Plays Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 9.

Tickets: $18 for adults and $10 for children under 10. Champagne Evening is Saturday with champagne and hors d’oeuvres from Hearthstone; tickets to this are $25 for adults and $10 for children. A special Valentine’s Day show on Feb. 14 which includes champagne and desserts; tickets for this are $40 per couple. Call (970) 453-0199 or visit for reservations.

Note: This play contains some mature content