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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

'Bus Riley's Back in Town' opening in Murrieta's new Bach Theatre Company


Last updated 2/15/2019 at 1:33am

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Gregory Bach has started Bach Theatre Company which will present "Bus Riley's Back in Town" in Murrieta opening Friday, Feb. 15.

The hustle and bustle of daily life leads some people to imagine sitting in front of an intimate quiet stage, wine glass in hand with their love one sitting across from them watching a live play.

Long-time director and actor Gregory Bach publisher of "Acting Simple & Direct" saw this need for area residents and found just a place in growing historic Old Town Murrieta at 24757 Washington St. and called it the Bach Theatre Company.

The curtain opens at the 12-seat theater Friday, Feb. 15 with the noted comedy play "Bus Riley's Back in Town" at 7:30 p.m. A free glass of wine will be waiting for the first 12 patrons. Obviously, seating is limited, Bach said, so tickets should be reserved early. Even if opening night is sold out, however, he promised additional performances every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. at the theater through March 10.

As an added treat at the conclusion of each performance, there will be a question and answer time with Bach and the actors while audience members enjoy a free glass of wine, Bach said.

"Imagine seeing a play 'up close and personal' in a theater that seats only 12 people," Bach said.

The one-act film and noir-style comedy drama "Bus Riley's Back into Town," was written by William Inge, directed by Harvey Hart in 1965 and starred the unforgettable duo of Ann-Margret and Michael Parks. It takes place in a small Texas town in 1958 where a mustered out Navy man named Tom finds troubles with an offered mortician's job, and romance between two ladies Laurel and Judy. He must make up his mind without compromising his principles with the job and the women.

Inge also wrote the classic plays "Picnic," "Bus Stop" and the "Dark at the Top of the Stairs."

Cost for the play and the free glass of wine for those 21 years and older is only $10 per person. No one under 16 years is admitted. Tickets must be purchased in advance at

Tony Ault can be reached by email at [email protected]


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