Following the opening night of the Timberly Troupers' musical about undertakers, Dorothy and her slightly daft husband, Charlie, host a gathering of actors and friends. The chic opening night party is in another part of town, but into Dorothy's living room comes a guest list that includes Nathan (a recently divorced high school teacher who is also a very bad ventriloquist), Wayne (better at loving than acting), Jennifer (who has a sure shot at Hollywood stardom), Ernie (one of the Troupers' actors filled with ham and spite), Irene (his out of patience wife), Mona (who was in love with Wayne but has since moved on to someone else) and Paul (a well-known drama critic and friend of Dorothy's who has just broken his rule of never reviewing community theater). When Paul has a heart attack he drops his not-yet-published review before being taken to the hospital. The actors read it and confront the harsh reality of a pan. Dorothy's sweetness and patience rise above Ernie's bitter tirade, and the others trade barbs and insults as they try to control their emotions. The party becomes the setting where the dreams, loves, failures and successes of this group are explored with bittersweet humor and the relationship between risk and need is touchingly depicted.
The tangled desires and hopes of the guests at an opening night party of a New England community theater group are examined in this bittersweet and touching comedy. "…AMATEURS is more than colorful balloons against a tinted sky…[it] is really about how we distance ourselves from the pain of reality…The run-on comedy…is sharp and funny…" —Boston Globe. "AMATEURS…certainly left me laughing…It is fun to hear the sound of laughter once again…" —The Evening Times. "AMATEURS is…winsomely, wildly, wonderfully funny. So ride with the punches and enjoy the literate, charming mayhem…" —East Side Monthly.