In 1981, some talented actors/performers put together a show about four gas station attendants and two waitresses. They called it Pump Boys and Dinettes and rode it to off-Broadway and then Broadway, garnering Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations along the way. The show’s lighthearted working-class appeal has enduring popularity. Steven Fenley, artistic director for Texas Repertory Theatre, where the show is currently being mounted, says, “The show presents great challenges for the cast, as they form the band as well as the cast. We’ve assembled an incredible company of multitalented musical and theater artists to bring this good-time musical to life.”
The production at Texas Rep features company members Christina Stroup, Lendsey Kersey and Steven Fenley as well as Adam Stout, and Roderick Randall making their Texas Rep debut under the direction of Dan O’Brien. The songs may not have become standards, but hits such as “The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine” have stood the test of time and continue to entertain and amuse.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through August 3. 14243 Stuebner Airline. For information, call 281-583-7573 or visit texreptheatre.org. $40.
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Roderick Randall, Steven Fenley, Christina Stroup, and Lendsey Kersey in The Texas Repertory Theatre production of Pump Boys & Dinettes. Photo by Larry Lipton.
Sundays, 3 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 11. Continues through Aug. 3, 2014