The Business of Satire

Menomonie Theater Guild takes on workplace comedy

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Timothy Mather

Follow the story of J. Pierrepont Finch as he faces the perils of being a company man in the Menomonie Theater Guild’s performance of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying this weekend. Finch, who follows the advice of a business handbook, abandons his window-washing work to climb the corporate ladder to an executive position. With relatable depictions of terrible coworkers, caffeine addiction, and a little romance, this Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical from 1961, based on the book by Shepherd Mead, is sure to be a weekend hit. The performance will feature Jeffrey Charles as J. Pierrepont Finch, direction by Melissa Kneeland, and musical direction by Erika Svanoe. The remaining shows will be at 7:30pm on March 7 and 8 and at 2pm on March 8 and 9 at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for students, seniors, and military members, and are available at the door or online at the Menomonie Theater Guild’s website. The performance, which Charles described as a “timeless classic” in a Feb. 20 WEAU interview, is recommended for an audience over the age of 13 as there will be some sexual content. More information can be found on the Menomonie Theater Guild’s website. 

The Menomonie Theater Guild Presents: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying • Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts • 205 Main St. E, Menomonie • March 7-9 • $20 general admission, $18 students, seniors, and military members • menomonietheaterguild.org • Box office: (715) 231-7529