By Kathy L. Collins

Hat Trick Theatre Productions, Inc., founded in Tampa in 2004, presents Unnecessary Farce in upcoming performances at the Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center For The Performing Arts in Tampa from Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 27.

Performances of Unnecessary Farce will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 8 p.m. On Sundays, it will present matinee performances at 4 p.m.

On Thursday, April 10 there will be a special preview opening with tickets costing $14. There is a special “Industry and Pay-What-You-Can” performance on Monday, April 21 at 8 p.m.

Regularly priced tickets are $23. There are reduced ticket prices for students, seniors and members of the military for $18. Tickets may be purchased by calling 229-STAR (7827). Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at

Unnecessary Farce is about two inept police officers setting up a sting in adjoining motel rooms with the help of the city accountant. They plan to record the mayor confessing to embezzlement and recover the missing $16 million for the city. What little hope there was of success is quickly dashed when the overzealous bodyguard arrives and the accountant can not seem to keep her clothes on.

Anna Robinson of Hat Trick Theatre Productions said, “Our director, Jack Holloway has said that Unnecessary Farce has been one of the funniest plays that he’s ever directed. It has also been a challenging one for our set design team because the set has eight doors, which is a feat for the Shimberg. They’ve also faced the challenge of finding beds that you can fit handcuffs around, but you’ll have to go the show to see what those are for.”

For more information, contact Robinson at


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