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Announcing the 2019 schedule!


June 7 – June 22
Kong’s Night Out
by Jack Neary

When Myron, a Broadway producer, learns that his rival is planning something BIG to steal his opening night thunder, Myron goes to BIG lengths to find out what all the hoopla is about.  Little does he know that the rival show involves a monkey…a VERY LARGE monkey! A zany new comedy that pays hilarious homage to King Kong. Rated G.

June 25 – July 6
Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders
by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the novel by Larry Millett

In 1896, the Minnesota Winter Carnival is in full swing, but St. Paul’s wealthiest man has lost his head – literally.  It’s up to Holmes and Watson (on a visit to America) to track a cold-blooded killer from the icy streets of St. Paul to the frozen Mississippi River. A smart, funny mystery. Rated G.

13920575_10153953421309514_4291147947451047344_oJuly 9 – July 20
I Found Elvis!
by Margaret Swim and Robby Henson
A KY Voices Original!

Mom’s missing! She’s gone AWOL from her own husband’s funeral, sending her daughter on a wild goose chase from Kentucky to the gates of Graceland, where she encounters a parade of quirky characters, including more than one Elvis! Has Mom gone off her rocker, or is Elvis really the answer to all her lost hopes and dreams? Original comedy inspired by “the Elvis concert that never was” at Lexington’s Rupp Arena in 1977.  Rated G.

July 23 – August 3
Not Now, Darling
by Ray Cooney and John Chapman

In a posh ‘60’s London fur salon, Mr. Crouch is just trying to run an honest business while his charming, yet caddish partner, Mr. Bodley, is just trying to give a fur coat to his new mistress.  A stylish, sexy comedy (think Boeing Boeing!) full of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and lots of laughs. Rated PG. 

_Tinker03August 6 – August 17
Red, White & Tuna
by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams

Come along to Tuna, Texas, third smallest town in the Lone Star state, for a satirical (and sidesplitting) romp through the hearts and minds of the kooky Tuna townsfolk as they prepare for a great big high school reunion. And don’t worry if you haven’t seen Greater Tuna or Tuna Does Vegas. You’re still gonna laugh till you cry! Rated PG.

August 23 & 24
Special Comedy Show with Etta May 

Have a BLOODY GOOD TIME at Pioneer Playhouse Halloween Fundraiser Oct. 27!!


Saturday, Oct 27

8pm – 11pm

  • $25 per person, includes drink tix and snacks
  • costume contest
  • dance music by Powerplay!
  • order online or call the box office for advance tickets (859) 236-2747

Bobbie Curd’s interview with Lee Cruse, performing at Pioneer Playhouse August 24-5

LeeCruse01After just a phone call with Lee Cruse, it’s easy to see why he’s been a popular television personality for years. He will be appearing today and Saturday at Pioneer Playhouse to round out their season with his Kentucky All-Stars Comedy Tour — the troupe of winning comics from a competition he started out of his love of laughter. 

A front man for WLEX news and host of a midday show on the same network, Lee’s face has been a familiar one in central Kentucky for years. I’ve never met him, yet felt like I already know him — I ask if he gets that a lot.

“Yes,“ he says, somewhat monotone. Then, a long pause … “TV is weird that way.”

Comedy can also be weird, no matter how long you think you’ve been funny, and Lee found that out the hard way. He got lucky once, he says, with a shot at a national talk show in New York, in syndication from ‘94 to ’95. NBC flew him up to be a part of the panel on “Last Call,” the last show Brandon Tartikoff, former head of the network, created before he died.

“I guess I did OK for a 23-year-old kid who’d never been on a plane before, but I got rattled by the audience,” Lee says, and it was obvious they really weren’t on his side.

“It’s a bunch’a New Yorkers, so they already don’t like you.”

He made three appearances, and it wasn’t even stand-up. But that live audience, he says, was “a bunch of progressive communists. I was representing the right to them — but really the center, in my opinion. They’d attack you. They’re against you.”

He pauses, then says, “Man, I’d love to go back.” And he’s serious.

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