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Arizona Premier of Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End
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From 01/04/2018-12:00 am to 01/20/2018-12:00 am
Fountain Hills Theater at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268






WHAT:   Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End By Margaret Engel and Allison  Engel                                                    

WHEN:   Jan. 5-21, 2018 Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm

WHERE:  Fountain Hills Theater, Mainstage Too 11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ   

HOW:     Reservations: (480) 837-9661 x3 Visa/MC/Amex/Discover or visit

PRICE:   Individual Adult Tickets $25, Children 17 and under $18 Group rates, senior, veteran, active duty discounts and student discounts available



Fountain Hills Theater is proud to announce the Arizona Premier of Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End. 

Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End will play Jan 5-21, 2018.


           Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End is full of the wit and wisdom of the woman herself! Written by journalist/sister duo Allison and Margaret Engel, the play allows Erma (Cathy Dresbach) to tell her own story. Leading the audience through her years as a mother and housewife who lampooned life in the suburbs in her weekly (then tri-weekly, then heavily syndicated) newspaper column called “At Wit’s End.”


The play follows Bombeck from her troubled childhood, where she found comfort in the words of Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley, through her rise to fame as a journalist and public figure. The text of the play pulls heavily from her columns and Bombeck’s many books. The real Erma Bombeck was famous for her pithy, one line observations. Onstage Erma asks the audience “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?” and implores us to live life to its fullest by remembering “all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.” 


Already known for her keen wit and humorous observations, Bombeck's career as a humorist began to take off in the mid-1960s. Her humor column, which first appeared in the Kettering-Oakwood Times, eventually went national through a newspaper syndicate. Initially, her work appeared in a few dozen papers, but that number grew to hundreds over the next few years. Entitled "At Wit," her column found humor in some of the headaches associated with motherhood and family life and developed quite a following. She gave voice to the nation's many suburban housewives while making them laugh and even cry at the same time.


In addition to her column, Bombeck wrote for magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Reader's DigestRedbook and McCall's. She also authored several popular books, including such bestsellers as The Grass, Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank (1976) and If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? (1978). The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank was later turned into a television movie starring Carol Burnett and Charles Grodin.


Beginning in the mid-1970s, Bombeck also became a television personality, appearing on Good Morning America for more than a decade.  She was a resident of Paradise Valley for many years.


Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End will star valley favorite Cathy Dresbach as Bombeck. Cathy Dresbach is a well-known face for valley theater-goers having appeared with virtually every theater company in the valley. The Arizona Republic said of her: “She’s one of the biggest acting stars that Phoenix has produced — and kept all to itself. Cathy Dresbach may not be a national name like Arizona-raised celebs ranging from Lynda Carter to David Spade to Emma Stone. But in the admittedly small pond of Valley theater, she has been the biggest of fish for the better part of two decades.” Longtime theater-goers will remember her in Actor’s Theatre’s ‘Angels in America’ and ‘Calendar Girls’ at Phoenix Theater and as the author of the comedy ‘3 No Trump’ which premiered at Theater Works in 2017. Even longer, long time valley residents will remember her as Jody from the long-running KPHO-TV subversive children’s show ‘Wallace and Ladmo’.and as a member of the sketch comedy troupe ‘The Ajo Repertory Company.'


Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End is directed by Ben Tyler who helmed FHT’s multiple Award-winning productions of ‘The Glass Menagerie’ as well as this season’s hilarious ‘Leaving Iowa.' This is a reunion of sorts as Tyler was also a member of ‘The Ajo Repertory Company’ and also wrote for ‘The Wallace and Ladmo Show.' He is the author of the popular stage comedy of the same name.

The production runs January 5-21, 2018 Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Individual tickets are $25.00 for Adults and $18.00 for children 17 and under. Group rates and student rush/veteran/senior discounts are available. 


All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. (the Corner of Saguaro and Rand). Tickets are available through the Theater Box Office at (480) 837-9661 x3 and online at Box Office Hours are 12:00PM-5:00 PM Tuesday through Friday, 10:00am-5:00 pm Saturdays. For additional information not contained in this press release, please call Fountain Hills Theater Artistic Director, Peter J. Hill at (480) 837-9661 EXT. 7.

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