Expressions presents stage comedy ‘Wage Warfare’

Clockwise from right: Annie Estes, Kristen Cash, Bonnie Rae and Alan Davis are among the cast of “Wage Warfare,” which seeks to lampoon the pitfalls, pratfalls, rivalries and acts of sabotage attendant upon working in an office. (Photo submitted)

Clockwise from right: Annie Estes, Kristen Cash, Bonnie Rae and Alan Davis are among the cast of “Wage Warfare,” which seeks to lampoon the pitfalls, pratfalls, rivalries and acts of sabotage attendant upon working in an office. (Photo submitted)

As Minnesotans begin to shed their winter layers of clothing with the arrival of spring, Annie Estes is doing just the opposite.

Estes, of Rosemount, is bundling up for her role in the quirky office-themed comedy “Wage Warfare” presented by Lakeville-based Expressions Community Theater.

In the show she plays the hyper-religious, perpetually chilly Bonnie Little, who as the plot progresses keeps adding items of clothing in an effort to stave off hypothermia.

“By the end of the play I’m basically Eskimo-like,” she said. “I’m literally wearing a parka and mittens on stage.”

“Wage Warfare,” which runs April 12-21 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, seeks to lampoon the pitfalls, pratfalls, rivalries and acts of sabotage attendant upon working in an office. Estes’ comically over-the-top winter wardrobe – one among many in the show’s litany of wage-slave eccentricities.

If it sounds similar to the hit TV show “The Office,” you’re not far off.

“It’s an extremely relatable show if you’ve ever worked in an office,” said director Andy Wilkins of Lakeville. “It’s cubicles, it’s office in-fighting – I think audiences will find a bit more of a personal connection to their office lives than they’d like to admit.”

The stage comedy’s seven-actor cast also includes Kristen Cash, Alan Davis, Bonnie Rae, Justin Swanson, Allyson Walenta and Kyle Zander.

Show times for “Wage Warfare” are 7:30 p.m. April 12-13 and 19-20, and 2 p.m. April 14 and 21. Tickets are $14.50 and are available by calling (952) 985-4640 or through the art’s center’s website.

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