Meteor Shower

By Steve Martin

Directed by Paul J. Potenza

Extended! Sep. 6 – Oct. 6, 2019

Tickets start at: $29.50

Preview Performances: Sep. 4 – 5 | Wed. – Thr. 8pm | Tickets start at: $18

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Mr. Martin is peerless at crafting tiny wit bombs, and always has been […] It’s definitely funny!

New York Times

What It’s About

Corky and Norm are excited to host Gerald and Laura at their home in the valley outside Los Angeles to watch a once-in-a-lifetime meteor shower. But as the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, it becomes clear that Gerald and Laura might not be all that they appear to be. Over the course of a crazy, starlit dinner party, the wildly unexpected occurs. The couples begin to flirt and insanity reigns. Martin, using his trademark absurdist humor, bends the fluid nature of time and reality to create a surprising and unforgettably funny new play.

“Meteor Shower is a very funny play. Keening-like-a-howler-monkey funny. Design-a-new-cry-laughing-emoji funny.

Entertainment Weekly

About The Playwright

Steve Martin began his career on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” (1967-1969), for which he earned his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety or Music in 1969. In the mid-1970s, Mr. Martin shone as a stand-up on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Martin’s films are widely popular successes and are the kind of movies that are viewed again and again: The Jerk (1979), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Roxanne (1987), Parenthood(1989), L.A. Story (1991), Father of the Bride (1991), and Bowfinger (1999). As an author, Martin’s work includes the novel An Object of Beauty; the play Picasso at the Lapin Agile; a collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel; a bestselling novella, Shopgirl; and his memoir, Born Standing Up. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker. Mr. Martin is an accomplished, Grammy Award-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer who has won three Grammys for performing and composing. He has earned numerous honors including an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, the Mark Twain Prize, and the Kennedy Center Honor. Mr. Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical Bright Star premiered at The Old Globe in summer 2015, played a limited engagement at The Kennedy Center, and received acclaim in its Broadway run at the Cort Theatre. In addition to five Tony Award nominations, Bright Star received Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score at the Outer Critics Circle Awards.

Jamie Jones and Jonelle Meyer in Jobsite's Meteor Shower. (Photo: Pritchard Photography.)
Jamie Jones and Jonelle Meyer in Jobsite's Meteor Shower. (Photo: Pritchard Photography.)

Media

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Cast & Crew

  • Paul Potenza – Director
  • Brian Smallheer – Technical Director
  • Vivian Rodriguez – Stage Manager

Cast

  • Jordan Foote – Norm
  • Amy E. Gray – Laura
  • Jamie Jones – Gerald
  • Jonelle M. Meyer – Corky

Crew

  • Jo Averill-Snell – Lighting Designer
  • Salem Brophy – Assistant Stage Manager
  • Jeremy Douglass – Composer
  • Stuart Fail – Assistant Director
  • Chris Holcom – Special Effects Artist
  • Brian Smallheer – Scenic Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer
  • Danielle Walsh – Assistant Stage Manager

Patron Reviews

  • ... it was great fun. It was not only fun, but made me think all the way home. What an amazing ensemble. All four were just perfect in their roles. Such talent, especially notable as comedy is tricky to pull off. But all of them were flawless. I couldn't say which one was my favorite because they all so very good ... I also noted that the audience was the youngest I have seen in a long while around Tampa or St. Pete. That is very heartening ... To feel such energy and enthusiasm, is wonderful. You are doing something right! - Maggie Dowling
  • I honestly can’t remember the last time I laughed that hard at a show. This cast is incredible and hilarious! – Lorinda Toole Gamson
  • Meteor Shower is hilarious and probably my favorite at the Shimberg yet. Ninety minutes of non-stop laughs! ... in this up close and personal setting, we witnessed the players breaking character and giggling at their own slip ups and ridiculousness. Steve Martin would be proud! – Denise Mestanza-Taylor
  • This show was so funny!! Loved Corky! – Tiffany Schilling
  • John and I were glad to attend Sunday’s show. Kudos to cast and crew for a rollicking good time! Most especially Jonelle! She is a riot and we always enjoy seeing her in action. – Lori Pate
  • Attended Thursday night, great show and cast! - Greg Shalna
  • Loved the show! Was laugh-crying through most of it. “Stellar” performance. - @kyouki1fl
  • Yes! A perfect "The Jerk" era Martin - @milk_lunch
  • It was fantastic!! We both thought it was one of the best we’ve seen. – Lisa Roland Faust
  • This show was laugh out loud funny. Congratulations to all of you. – Chris Sgarlata
  • This was so good! We might see it again!!!! – Bradley Speck
  • If you need a good couples night full of laughter, GO SEE THIS! It will make you want to mail eggplant to your friends. – Chris Hart
  • We attended the Sunday show and had a great time. So good to laugh out loud, and, oh boy, did we ever want to smack that Gerald!! 🤣 (Go see it and you'll find out why!! 😂 ) – Margaret Nolan Mays
  • This [extension] is great news - a wonderful show with engaging performances. We were falling out of our seats! – @jrgallant2016

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