Mrs. Mannerly is the semi-autobiographical story of playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s childhood etiquette class in 1960s Steubenville, Ohio. The plot may remind you of stories by humorists David Sedaris or Daniel Pinkwater. Young Jeffrey is a misfit little boy who wants nothing more than to be good at something, and he finds his unlikely niche at an etiquette school where no student has ever achieved a perfect score. Mrs. Mannerly, his instructor, is a refined lady with a dedication to social climbing and Emily Post in spite of her secret past. The two butt heads at first, but eventually form an unusual friendship.
“Mrs. Mannerly is the title character in Jeffrey Hatcher’s delicious little play about a stand-up student named Jeffrey and the time he spends in a 1967 etiquette class under the tutelage of a mysterious and wonderfully well-mannered teacher. An absolutely charming night of theater. This is a ticket that everyone who loves good manners and live theater should have.” —Houston Press.
LOBBY DOORS and the BOX OFFICE open 1 hour before showtime.
THEATRE DOORS open for seating approximately 25 minutes before showtime.
All Judson Theatre Company shows are recommended for ages 13 and up and may contain adult language and themes. It is not appropriate to bring infants or children under 6 to Judson Theatre Company shows. Everyone attending the performance, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
In the McPherson Theatre black box, the theatre doors open for seating 25 minutes before the performance. The theatre is quite intimate and there is no need to arrive extraordinarily early. Know that if you choose to arrive early, there is no place to sit and wait for the theatre to open other than the outdoor benches in Evelyn's Courtyard, as the lobby for the McPherson Theatre is also the hallway of Wellard Hall.