Curious About “The Curious Savage” and Its Cast?

Community Circle Players’ cast of The Curious Savage (Photo by Steve Weiss)

Andrea Molberg

Bet you’re curious about Community Circle Players’ (CCP) dinner theatre comedy The Curious Savage, coming to MountainView this March. The play, written by award-winning John Patrick, opened on Broadway and has been enjoyed by audiences all around the country. A big success for SaddleBrooke’s PrimeTime Players in 2007 under the direction of Susan Shear, this revival no doubt will be a SaddleBrooke hit once again.

The Curious Savage is the story of an elderly widow (Mrs. Ethel P. Savage) whose husband left her millions and whose stepchildren strongly object to her plans to give away the entire fortune. To hold on to their family wealth and legacy, they have her committed to a sanatorium called The Cloisters, where the comedy takes place.

CCP Director Susan Sterling and Producer Tim Morsani had a lot of talent to choose from for the cast. Both SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch residents auditioned for the seven female and four male roles and are already in rehearsals.

Crafty and kindhearted widow Ethel Savage will be played by CCP veteran actress Connie Ward. The cast members filling the roles of her so-called “normal” Savage stepchildren are Jim Burke, Monica Gustafson, and Al Weigel. The Cloisters’ staff and psychiatric residents (including a compulsive liar, former military pilot, statistician, and seascape painter who has never seen the ocean) will be portrayed by Mark Albrecht, Fran Berman, Marilyn Ginther, Patty Gregory-Burke, Carol Henry, Karen Moore, and Jay Schweitzer.

Performance dates are Monday through Sunday, March 14 through March 20 (excluding March 17) on the MountainView Ballroom stage. Spaced seating and great food allow for a wonderful evening.

Online tickets ($49) for dinner and entertainment go on sale online on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Simply go to and select the MountainView venue.

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 8, tickets will be available for purchase in person at the SaddleBrooke TWO Administration Building.

The Curious Savage is worth more than your curiosity. See you there!