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See twisty heist comedy 'Spinoff,' zany 'Office Hours' on local stages

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By Theresa Goffredo
Herald Writer
  • Laura Hanson and Austin Gregory star in "Office Hours," a zany mystery at Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds.

    Laura Hanson and Austin Gregory star in "Office Hours," a zany mystery at Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds.

"Spinoff": Motives, loyalties and comedy are at the heart of this crazy story, which has more twists and turns than a kid's water slide.
"Spinoff," written by Jack Sharkey and directed by Janette Reilley, starts out with bank official Peter Colton, who, without knowing it, comes home with a bag of loot from a bank robbery that was masterminded by Peter's boss at the bank, Willy Nicholas.
Willy needs to get his money back but doesn't know where it is. He has Peter help him find it, along with Victoria Wickey, Peter's secretary.
Meanwhile, Peter's daughter, Laurel Colton, finds the money and leaps to the conclusion that her father took it. She wants to help her dad escape the country and enlists her boyfriend, Carlos Ortega, to help obtain a forged passport.
Enter travel agent Sheila Mahoney who is helping Peter plan a surprise vacation to Rio for Laurel. By the time Sheila shows up with Peter and Laurel's passports for the surprise vacation, Willy shows up with his and Victoria's passports for a quick escape, and Carlos shows up with a pair of forged passports to help Laurel and Peter escape, according to press material.
At this point, the mess is thick and all fear the police are closing in. Now everyone starts questioning motives and loyalties while the threat of prison looms.
Cast members include Jay Wesley Cochran, Anthony J. Morrow, Melissa Morrow, Sarah Larson, Janine Snavely and Skyler Haines.
"Spinoff" opens at 8 Friday night at the Everett Music Hall, 1402 Everett Mall Way, Everett. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 5.
Tickets are $13 for adults; $10 for students, seniors, and military; and $8 for groups of eight or more with advance reservations. Go to, or call 425-737-7290; or make reservations on the website at
"Office Hours": From the prolific and hilarious Canadian playwright Norm Foster comes this story with a set of outrageous characters, witty dialogue and a howlingly funny ending.
Phoenix Theatre presents this show with direction by Rick Wright and staring David Bailey, Melanie Calderwood, Austin Gregory, Laura Hanson and Rick Wright.
The story takes place on a Friday afternoon in six offices in a big city. It's like following six individual skits but soon it's clear they are somehow related.
The characters are an overweight jockey, a desperate movie producer, a gay entertainment lawyer, a Week At A Glance salesman and a philandering agent.
These people and their stories are connected by several common denominators, the two biggies being a dead race horse and a romance novelist.
"Office Hours" will be presented at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 28 at the Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds.
Tickets are $18.50 and $15.50. Call 206-533-2000 or go to
Theresa Goffredo; 425-339-3424;
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