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“Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.”
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 • Posted April 15, 2009

From the earliest Greek amphitheater to the most contemporary venue, misidentity of a character has been the catalyst for humor. This is the premise for “Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.”.

The year is 1979 and the setting a bachelor’s apartment occupied by two out of work male musicians. In an effort to save money on their taxes one of the roommates, Jon Trachtman, files their income taxes jointly as a couple. Jon’s roommate, Leslie Arthur is unaware of the fact that he has been documented as a female and wife on the tax forms. All is well until the IRS sends an investigator, Floyd Spinner, to confirm the marital status. To add to the plot, Jon’s fiancée, Kate Dennis is having a fling with Leslie. And just when you think the story can’t get any more tangled, Jon’s mother, Vivian Trachtman arrives unexpectedly to help with wedding arrangements. Additional characters include a nosy landlord, Mr. Jansen; Connie, Leslie’s girlfriend who hasn’t a clue; and a shady character, Mr. Grunion who has an assortment of licenses.

At this time of year when taxes are due, what better way to celebrate than to poke a little fun at the I.R.S. Come join this hilarious experience at the new Steve W. Shepherd Theater as Fredericksburg Theater Company presents, “Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.”

The cast includes: Liza Smith as Kate Dennis, Ryan Hoover as Leslie Arthur, Jack Grimmer as Mr. Janson, Jeff Foeh as Jon Trachtman, Mac Burnett as Floyd Spinner, Caitlin Hoover as Connie, and Ken DeZarn as Arnold Grunion. Ryan Bailey is directing this production.

Mason’s own, Patrice Searsy is portraying the role of Vivian Trachtman, a privileged, overwrought woman. This is Patrice’s second performance with the FTC having played the part of the Wicked Witch of the West in the 2007 production of “The Wizard of Oz”.

Reserve your tickets now. Opening night is Friday, April 17 with performances continuing on April 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, and May 1, 2, and 3. Performances on Friday and Saturday are at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00. Tickets can be purchased online at, or you can call the box office at 888-669-7114 to reserve your seats.

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