A play is said to “have legs” if it enjoys a long run on Broadway. The same can be said for a theater company that produces one quality show after another for years. This spring, The Lakeside Players celebrate their 20th year in show business with a comedy aptly called “Breaking Legs.” In the play, the worlds of the Mafia and theater clash hilariously, and “break a leg” takes on two very different meanings. 

The play, by Tom Dulack, will be presented on April 12, 13, and 14 at Lakeville Community Hall, Route 590, Lakeville (between the United Methodist Church and the fire house). Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee is at 3 p.m. All tickets are $14.00.

“Breaking Legs,” takes place in an Italian restaurant owned by a minor Mafia godfather and managed by his beautiful unmarried daughter. When the daughter’s former college professor asks for financial backing for a play he’s written, the fun begins.

The three main hoodlums are intrigued with the idea of producing a play, as long as they don’t actually have to read it. When the lusty daughter falls in love with the playwright, this only furthers his unintentional involvement with the mob. The playwright’s bubble is burst when he discovers, through the “accidental” death of a lesser thug, that his backers are gangsters. In this madcap situation, murder and menace are served up with plenty of pasta and laughter.

The New York Post said, “There is a buoyant joy to be had in the comic confrontation between two of the wackiest gangster chieftains ever to wack…” Backstage called the play “…what comedies on Broadway used to be like not that many years ago.”

The cast of “Breaking Legs” includes Kerry Brazen as Angie (the daughter), Tony Schwartz as Mike, Frank DeSando as Louie (the father), Bart Mahon as Terrence (the playwright), Dave Strumsky as Tino, and Rob Ohler as Frankie. Tony Schwartz is directing.

The Lakeside Players were founded in 1999 by Marylou Ambrose and Tony Schwartz. The pair has written six two-act plays and a dozen audience- participation murder mysteries that are sold at www.tonylouproductions.com. Their murder mysteries have been performed in 48 states and 13 foreign countries. Lakeside has also won numerous awards for acting, directing, and playwriting from the Northeastern PA Theatrical Alliance.

To make reservations for “Breaking Legs,” call 570-226-6207, buy tickets at the door with cash, check, or credit card, or buy online with a credit card at www.lakesideplayers.net. All tickets are $14.