At First Avenue Playhouse this month -




"Desperate Ambrose"


opens April 12

with selected dates in April


Sunday matinees -

April 14 & 21



directed by

Dave McGrath




It  all started when Ambrose Groves and Bert Miller, a couple of would-be vaudeville comedians, were crossing the desert headin California way and got booted off the train because someone stole their tickets and all of their money.  After trudging across the desert for a couple of days, they blow into Dead Man's Gulch, the wildest, wooliest, roughest spot in the wild west, where everyone fights everybody and blood flows like Old Faithful.  Now it just so happens that Homer The Kid and his pal, Gun Smoke Carter, the two hardest shootin, hardest ridin cowpokes to straddle a saddle, are expected to breeze into town that day to quell the shootin.  So when Ambrose and Bert hobble in, they are mistaken for the West's most fearless cowpunchers!  Ambrose is taken for the hero, Homer the Kid, and from there on out, it's a knock-down, drag-out of laughs!  Bungling Ambrose winds up doing everything opposite from the cowpuncher's union... he doesn't get the goods on the crooked sheriff; he's completely beaten and soundly trounced by Hoot Owl Pete; practically hung by Stinkweed; and he doesn't get the heroine, Nancy, either!  But he does get things in the most devastating of devastating messes in this hilarious satire on the old West.

Photography -  Courtesy of Dave McGrath ©  2024.


General admission seating - $25

Students / Seniors - $20 (Fridays and Sundays only)

Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain
Evening performances start at 7:30.  Sunday - curtain is 2:30
Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Playhouse
at 732-291-7552

General admission includes the show, dessert, coffee and tea with ice water and soft drinks offered at intermission.


All seats are held with a credit card.  Cancellations must be made by calling the box office no later than 10 a.m. the morning of the performance otherwise your credit card may be charged.


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