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Houston theater stage set to close down for good, but not before one last great party (and play)

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5755 Kathryn Ketelsen, from left, Gregory Boyd, Josie de Guzman and Jim Ketelsen at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
Kathryn Ketelsen, from left, Gregory Boyd, Josie de Guzman and Jim Ketelsen. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5677 C.C. and Duke Ensell at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
C.C. and Duke Ensell. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5614 Sarah Nealis, from left, Sharyn and Jim Weaver and Rachael Holmes at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
Sarah Nealis, from left, Sharyn and Jim Weaver and Rachael Holmes. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5593 Jonathan Moscone and Margaret Alkek Williams at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
Jonathan Moscone and Margaret Alkek Williams. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5584 Gregory Boyd, from left, Roger and Connie Plank and Dean Gladden at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
Gregory Boyd, from left, Roger and Connie Plank and Dean Gladden. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5390 Ken and Mady Kades at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
Ken and Mady Kades. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5406 David Ruiz and Van Ngo at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
David Ruiz and Van Ngo. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5380 Beth Madison, left, and Frances Marzio at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
Beth Madison, left, and Frances Marzio. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5318 Mary Margolis and Tony Canino at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
Tony Canino and Mary Margolis. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5287 Steve and LaDonna Barras at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
Steve and LaDonna Barras. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5257 Ron and Sarah Beth Ringstaff at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
Ron and Sarah Beth Ringstaff. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5755 Kathryn Ketelsen, from left, Gregory Boyd, Josie de Guzman and Jim Ketelsen at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
5677 C.C. and Duke Ensell at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
5614 Sarah Nealis, from left, Sharyn and Jim Weaver and Rachael Holmes at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
5593 Jonathan Moscone and Margaret Alkek Williams at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
5584 Gregory Boyd, from left, Roger and Connie Plank and Dean Gladden at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
5390 Ken and Mady Kades at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
5406 David Ruiz and Van Ngo at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
5380 Beth Madison, left, and Frances Marzio at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
5318 Mary Margolis and Tony Canino at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
5287 Steve and LaDonna Barras at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014
5257 Ron and Sarah Beth Ringstaff at the Alley Opening Night dinner May 2014

What: Alley Theatre opening night partying for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Where: The Alley Theatre.

The 411: The partying began with a pre-performance dinner by City Kitchen with 200 Alley patrons gathering in the 16th floor Fondren Rehearsal Studio. Before the curtain went up on the final production for the Hubbard Stage (last performance June 15), Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd and managing director Dean Gladden spoke about playwright Christopher Durang, whose Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won a Tony for Best Play. It also won Best Play from the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama League Award and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award.

Following the on-stage chuckles generated by the off-beat comedy, guests and actors shared cheers and champagne in the Mitchell Lobby.

Who: Mady and Ken Kades, Kathryn and Jim Ketelsen, Jessie Marion, Connie and Roger Plank, Sharyn and Jim Weaver, Beth Madison, Laura Bellows and Jack Pendergrast, Christina and Steve Morse and C.C. and Duke Ensell.

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