For the upcoming holiday season, the Laguna Playhouse is welcoming an old friend, Irish playwright Bernard Farrell, with its fourth American premiere of a Farrell script.
This time around, it's "Many Happy Returns," opening Nov. 19 following a week of previews. Playhouse Artistic Director Andrew Barnicle, who staged the theater's most recent Farrell comedy, "Lovers at Versailles," will be staging this Christmas-themed comedy.
"Irene and Arthur have their house festooned for the return of Declan, the self-made millionaire from New Zealand," Barnicle explained.
"If everything goes according to plan, Arthur's future is secure."
The celebration turns sour, however, when family and friends are reunited and "all the old secrets suddenly are unwrapped like the Christmas presents nobody ever wanted," Barnicle said.