Hickory – Described as a sassy ode to female friendship, the new comedy Exit Laughing by Paul Elliott, begins a 10 performance run this Friday, January 8 and continues through Sunday, January 24. The show will be broadcast live from the Jeffers Theatre. Tickets are available at hickorytheatre.org.

Exit Laughing is a bit like “The Golden Girls” meets “Steel Magnolias.” It features three longtime, bridge-playing friends in the South dealing with a crisis that turns humorously uplifting.

Connie, Leona and Millie have been playing bridge once a week for roughly 30 years with their caustic friend Mary, who has just died after an illness. The three survivors know how to push one another’s buttons but clearly are happiest when they’re together.

Performances of Exit Laughing are Fridays and Saturdays (Jan 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23) at 8pm; Thursdays (Jan 14 & 21) at 7:30pm and Sundays (Jan 17 & 24) at 2:30pm.

This production will be broadcast live online. Tickets are $18 for a single viewer and $30 for a household. Tickets for the general public are available through the theatre’s website at hickorytheatre.org. Due to limitations by the ticketing service provider, reservations for subscribers are only available by contacting the box office at 828-328-2283 or emailing christine@hickorytheatre.org.

The Hickory Community Theatre is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Exit Laughing is produced by Catawba Women’s Center and Shurtape Technologies, LLC. A Cleaner World, Paramount Automotive, the City of Hickory, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Sunbelt Xpress and Dr. George Clay, DDS are the sponsors of the 2020-2021 Season.

PHOTO: (L-R) Dorothy Collier Best, Chrissy Schramm, Edyth Potter and Jennifer Canterbury in Exit Laughing at the Hickory Community Theatre. Performances run January 8-24, 2021, broadcasting live from the Jeffers Theatre. For show times and tickets visit hickorytheatre.org or call 828-328-2283. Photo by Eric Seale.