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A love story comes to the Macomb Center

Posted: Dec. 29, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP - Having kicked-off its national tour just about a year ago, "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up," a new comedy about love and marriage, arrives at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts for two "laugh out loud" performances on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

After 13 years of marriage, writers-actors and real-life-married-couple Annabelle Gurwitch ("Dinner and a Movie," "Fired!") and Jeff Kahn ("The Ben Stiller Show," "Forty Year Old Virgin") have adapted their hilarious, often moving, memoir, "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up" for the stage. Directed by Darren Katz, "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up" stars Scott Richard Foster and Antoinette LaVecchia.

In their 75-minute tour de force, "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up" takes a humorous look at a relationship that seemed doomed by opposing personalities from the start. After trials and tribulations, they learn to navigate the conflicts that come with romance, money and children by embracing each other's differences, taking on parenting as a competitive sport, and dropping out of couple's therapy. Their delightfully crazy lifestyle has managed to keep their relationship intact, up-ending every idea you ever had about living "happily ever after."

This uproariously funny story is sure to strike both laughter and terror into the hearts of any couple (not to mention every single man or woman who is contemplating the connubial state). The book was developed through sold-out performances at The Comedy Central Theatre and at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles and made its New York premiere at The New York Comedy Festival in 2009. Additional material for the stage show is written by award winning playwright David Koteles.

Tickets are $45 gold circle and $40 house ($55 pit seating), seniors 55+, students and military save $5 per ticket. Purchase tickets in person at the Macomb Center box office Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Friday noon - 6 p.m. Tickets and additional information, including a complete season schedule, are available online at or by calling 586-286-2222.

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township.

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