Holiday comedy comes to Lakeville stage

In “The ReGifters,” when a couple regifts a not-so-great Christmas present and then finds out it’s worth a fortune, they will stop at nothing to get it back. (Photo submitted)

Expressions presents ‘The ReGifters’

It’s not tough to relate to the premise of “The ReGifters.” At least not if you’ve ever been the recipient of fruitcake during the holiday season.

The new stage comedy from Lakeville-based community theater group Expression follows a couple who regifts a not-so-great Christmas present, then finds out it’s worth a fortune. They – and all the others in the chain of regifters – will stop at nothing to get it back.

“Everybody can identify with regifting,” said play’s director, Pege Miller of Lakeville. “We’re all guilty of it. Regifting been going on a long time – probably since fruitcakes were invented.”

Expressions will present “The ReGifters” on the stage of the Lakeville Area Arts Center Nov. 9-18. The nine-member cast includes Jim Anderson, Joe Conely, Adria Deutch, Annette Keenan, Tom Keenan, Kim Lang, Keith Mattson, Diannah Robertson and Felicia Swanson.

Audiences can expect a night of laughter from the show, Miller said. The play was the winner at the 2005-06 New American Comedy Festival.

“Every time I go into rehearsal I am laughing my head off,” she said. “The cast just gets funnier and funnier as rehearsals go on.”

Part of the show’s humor, Miller added, derives from the utter unrecognizability of the gift that’s being passed around. At least until the end of the performance, “you can’t tell what it is, and the characters all have different ideas of what it is. Is it a squirrel trap? A toaster?”

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-10 and 16-17, and 2 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18. Tickets are $14.50 and can be purchased online at or by calling (952) 985-4640. The arts center is at 20965 Holyoke Ave.