SALEM-MASH opened this past weekend at the Salem Community Theatre to some of the largest crowds for a non-musical in years.
MASH, a play loosely based on the novel and movie, follows the doctors and surgeons of the 4077th army surgical hospital unit during the Korean War.
Dan Haueter and Todd Courtney star as Hawkeye Pierce and Duke Forest, two zany surgeons who get assigned to the unit after Colonel Henry Blake, play by Dick Fawcett, requested two more surgeons.
Aside from trying to drive Captain Frank Burns nuts, played by Thomas Leguard, they get under the skin of Major "Hot Lips" Houlihan, played by Karen E. Hauck-Losito, the two pull together in order to send a young Korean houseboy named Ho Jon to medical school in the states.
Throwing in two hilarious Koreans, an interrupted shower scene, and three of the worst entertainers special services ever sent overseas, makes a great comedy.
MASH had the audience laughing over and over this past weekend. Mash also has many of the old favorites, such as Radar Reilly, played by Mike Hazen; Trapper John, played by Tim Gottschling; Father Mulcahy, played by Mike Hill; and the army's worst cook, played by Scott Wickersham.
Ralph Lumley and Bryon Thomas steal every scene they are in as the two Koreans living on the compound. Brittany Gulu gives a darling performance as a fun loving secretary.
Other cast members are Mark Kholos, Rich Stelts, Ruth Newman, Jordan Pitts, Abby Cull, Tyler Kinser, Justin Steele, Brandon Ferry, Allison Oyster, Jordan Kriegel, and Joshua Kerner.
MASH is directed by Haueter and Fawcett and begins at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.
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