Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Better Than Ever players present ‘Proposals’ on stage

Better Than Ever Productions will present a combined theatrical production/book signing of Proposals by Neil Simon at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton from Friday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 3.
The play recalls the last time the Hines family gathered at their retreat in the Poconos.  The summer of 1953 brings romantic entanglements that coalesce one idyllic afternoon - Burt Hines, in his mid-50s and convalescing from a second heart attack, eagerly anticipates the arrival of the ex-wife he still loves. 
Daughter Josie has just broken her engagement to a Harvard law student and pines for his buddy Ray, an aspiring writer with whom she once had a brief fling.  Clemma, the African American housekeeper at the center of the action, casts an astute eye on the complications while facing her own unresolved past.  Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Before the show, during intermission, and after the performance, a signing of the new pictorial history called Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline by Paul Vachon is planned.The book points out many of the seminal events and noteworthy turning points of Detroit such as the fall to the British during the War of 1812 and the existence of slavery in Detroit as late as the 1820s. It also highlights the underappreciated architectural heritage of the city, the development of the notable cultural institutions, as well as the exploits of assorted scoundrels, such as the Black Legion, the Purple Gang, Harry Bennett and Father Charles Coughlin.  Paul Vachon will be onsite to sign copies of his books one hour before the shows start.  No ticket is required to attend the signing.
Tickets for the shows are priced at $16 and $18 and can be purchased at  or by calling or in person at the Village Theater Box Office from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday or by phone at (734) 394-5300 x3. If there are any remaining tickets, they will also be available for purchase at the box office one hour prior to show time.
The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton. For more information, visit, or call (734) 394-5300.