Goodbye Charlie

In his day, George Axelrod was one of the most popular screenwriters in Hollywood. He was best known for The Seven Year Itch and his Academy Award-winning film version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but his most well-written comedy might be Goodbye Charlie, the gender-bending tale of a womanizer who gets murdered and is reincarnated in a female body. Ever the dastardly devil, Charlie sets about blackmailing his — her? — former lovers, while trying to keep chasing skirts and adjust to his new womanly body.

The original play starred Lauren Bacall, though movie buffs will remember Debbie Reynolds as the naughty Charlie in the 1964 film version. (Her co-star was a dashing Tony Curtis.) The folks at Theatre Southwest are mounting their own take on this light and frothy comedy, so say goodbye to Charlie at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. September 11. Through September 24. 8944 Clarkcrest. For information, call 713-661-9505 or visit www.theatresouthwest.org. $16.
Fridays, Saturdays; Sun., Sept. 11. Starts: Sept. 2. Continues through Sept. 24, 2011

 
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