Musical comedy appeals to young adult audience

Audience members described the play “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” as “sexy, hilarious, interesting, and all-around fabulous.” The production premiered last Thursday and will run through Sept. 29 at the Tallahassee Little Theatre located on Thomasville Road.

The production is based on the book written by Jeffrey Lane, which later became a musical and then a movie in 1988 starring Steve Martin. The musical was first performed on Broadway in 2005.

This musical is centered on two conniving men, Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson. The “scoundrels” live on the French Riviera and make a living out of manipulating various women into giving them large sums of money.

Lawrence Jameson uses his good looks and  suave   charm to fool the women. Freddy Benson a small town thief makes up sob stories centered on his “disadvantages” to trick women into giving him what he wants.

The two men happen to cross paths and decide to team up and use their skills to manipulate the rich heiress Muriel Eubanks and friend Christine Colgate.

Their plan takes the audience through a series of unexpected twists and turns as their plan turns out to be more difficult than they both originally anticipated.

The laugh-out-loud musical had the audience laughing all the way through until the end. The production is packed with up-beat songs, funny lyrics, quirky dialogues and suggestive romantic scenes.

Although a majority of the audience consisted of middle-aged attendees, this is not a play for your conservative grandmother. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is highly recommended to all theatre fanatics, music lovers or anyone who is looking to enjoy a great night out and have lots of laughs, all at a low cost.

The play is sure to turn anyone not usually interested in theatre into a true musical lover.

All shows are at 8 p.m., except on Sundays, which are at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office and online at To purchase a ticket or acquire more information, call 850-224-8474.