Month: December 2015

Academy Theatre Presents Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Neil Simon’s irresistible romantic comedy comes to The Academy Theatre just in time for Valentine’s Day! Barney Cashman (Rob Raissle) is a successful restaurant owner and family man who, after 22 years of happy marriage, decides it’s high time for him to have an affair. He attempts to lure various women to become his paramour.

Not as easy as it sounds.

He targets Elaine Navazio (Lynna Schmidt), a hard-edged lush; a free spirited Bobbi Michele (Fracena Byrd); and Jeanette Fisher (Kay Bohan), the wife of Barney’s best friend. However, with Barney’s missteps and bumblings hilarity ensues.

“We had such success with Plaza Suite and Love Letters last season, I think the fans will enjoy this show as well,” says Lynna Schmidt, whose performance in Academy’s Grace & Glorie is still receiving rave reviews.

Fracena Byrd, Marketing Director for Academy Theatre, adds, “This show is perfect for the Valentine season! And I’m excited to be returning to Academy’s stage!” Fracena’s previous Academy shows include Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite,also directed by Schmidt, and Yellowman, directed by Brenda Porter.

This show is not suitable for young audiences.

Henry Arts Alliance will be sponsoring a special wine and chocolate reception for Stockbridge performances. A special Dinner and a Show package will be offered at one of the Hapeville performances, featuring an exclusive three-course menu at Volare Bistro. Please go to for details on our special event and date night packages.

The Academy Theatre is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. The Academy Theatre is also supported by generous gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals. The City of Hapeville, the Hapeville Association of Tourism and Trade and the Academy Theatre have entered into a public / private partnership to serve the citizens of Hapeville. The City of Hapeville and the Hapeville Association of Tourism and Trade are the official sponsors of the Academy Theatre’s programming in Hapeville.

The City of Stockbridge and Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority have entered into a Private/Public partnership with the Academy Theatre and The City of Stockbridge and Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority are Sponsors of the Academy’s Stockbridge work.

Who: Academy Theatre

What: Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers

When: Feb. 5-14 in Stockbridge

Feb. 19-Mar. 6 in Hapeville

Friday/Saturday at 8pm

Sunday at 2pm

Where: Stockbridge Community Arts Center

    146 Burke St.

    Stockbridge, GA 30281

    Hapeville Performing Arts Center

    599 N. Central Ave.

    Hapeville, GA 30354

How Much: $17 in advance at or, $20 at the door