Oh, tax season. Almost everybody gripes, even those who are expecting a refund, and even tax professionals who have a love-hate relationship with the season. While it pays the bills and can be a lucrative career, tax season is taxing, to use a bad pun.
If it all seems a little overly dramatic, well... let me introduce you to what is probably comparable to Glee: Tax Season, if there was such a thing. The Pennsylvania College of Technology will raise the curtain on its spring theatrical production, a farce titled "Love, Sex, and the I.R.S."
The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 4 to 6 in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on the college's main campus in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Admission is free for Penn College students, faculty and staff; tickets are $5 for the general public.
The comedy concerns two out-of-work musicians rooming together in New York City who resort to filing joint tax returns in an effort to save money. When the Internal Revenue Service informs them of a pending investigation, the roommates and their friends weave a complexly comical web of deceit in an ill-advised attempt to show they are a couple.
Cast members are Jacob A. Urey, of Selinsgrove, a general studies major; Clayton K. Lose, of Waterville, enrolled in Web and interactive media; Rachelle N. Horning, of Muncy, a legal assistant/paralegal studies student; Scott T. Stofko, of Burke, Va., enrolled in automotive technology management; hospitality management majors Jessie M. Chronister, of Annville, and Eileen Harrington, of Springfield, Va.; Max M. Rosen, a pre-paramedic technician student from Newtown; and John V. Catania, of Newtown Square, majoring in building construction technology: masonry concentration.
The play is directed by Jacquie Engel, administrative manager and frequent director/music director at the Community Theatre League, who has directed student productions at Penn College for the past several seasons, beginning with "tick, tick ... BOOM!" in 2008.
"The show is just fun," she said. "Misunderstandings, double-entendres, lies, lies to cover up lies ... it all equals lots of laughs. The cast and I are having a great time with it."
The play was originally written by playwrights Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, and has been in production in community theaters for more than 20 years.