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Mike Truelock plays Harry Brock and Caroline Lee Sanchez plays Billie Dawn in the card scene for “Born Yesterday.”

The 35th season of the Chino Community Theatre will open at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 with the Broadway comedy “Born Yesterday” at Seventh Street Theatre, 13123 Seventh St.

When filthy rich junk dealer Harry Brock comes to Washington D.C. to make a few shady deals with some government bigwigs, he brings his showgirl mistress, Billie Dawn, with him.

Harry soon realizes that Billie’s ignorance and lack of social graces could be a liability to his deal making, so he hires young, idealistic reporter Paul Verrall to help educate Billie.

Sparks fly between Paul and Billie and her eyes are soon opened to Harry’s crooked ways and the government corruption running rampant.  The play was written in 1946 and is as relevant today as it was then, said director Cindi East. 

“Directing this play with the talented cast I’ve assembled has been pure joy,” Ms. East said. “I love the play top to bottom and I especially love the scenes between Billie and Paul as their chemistry is magic.”

She said her favorite scene is the card game between Billie and Harry.

The play features Caroline Lee Sanchez, Mike Truelock, David Roque, Mike Hanrahan, Scott Terry, Bradford Reed, Ariel Fullinwider, David Araujo, Faith De Jong and Marlee Lane.

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Performances for “Born Yesterday” are 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, Feb. 1 and 2; and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and 27. 

Ticket prices have increased this year. New prices are $18 for general admission and $15 for seniors/students. Information: 590-1149 or visit chinocommunitytheatre.org.

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