FISH CREEK, Wis. (WFRV) -- At the intersection of Packers fandom, Wisconsin pride and musical theater is this funny and heartfelt production from Northern Sky Theater in Door County's Barbara and Spencer Gould Theatre. The family comedy Dad's Season Tickets opened this weekend and will run through Oct. 1. It's a delightful story of a family trying to sort out who will get their father's precious Packers season tickets.
Playwright Matt Zembrowski based the story on his own strong-willed and strong-minded daughters. And while the play is rife with Packers details, it could just as easily be a story about any football-obsessed family. On a Packers fandom scale of 1 to 10, Zembrowski rates himself an 8. And so does his character, Frank. But he's also a widower who needs to figure out his estate. He wants to give the tickets to one of his daughters. And he's going to have a lot of fun doing it.
The action begins as the Kosinkis gather for a Packers game in 1996, during the team's playoff run behind Brett Favre and the legendary Reggie White. That's when Frank drops a bombshell on his daughters: he plans to update his will, and someone will inherit his season tickets.
Each daughter tries to prove she deserves the precious tickets. And while the sisters are a little farcical, they are also honest. And that's what makes the story work. Milwaukee Rep favorite Kelley Faulkner delivers a solid performance as eldest daughter Rhonda, the kitchen whiz who loves game day food and aims to keep her family together. And Gabby, the middle sister, is a riot. She has a great operatic voice, and her pregnancy hysterics are sure to bring out the tears in any audience.