Gulfshore Playhouse comedy: Donning hair to be an heir

Seams straight. Lipstick on. Heels — high enough for smart young women of the 1950s.

Yet these are two guys. They not only must be young men, but young women in the next moment. Then — who knows? — perhaps Cleopatra and Richard III.

That’s in a day’s work for William Connell and Zach Martens, the male leads of Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies,” opening Tuesday at Gulfshore Playhouse. (There are four evenings of $10 and $30 previews this weekend as a community thank-you after Hurricane Irma; see the accompanying box.)

“Leading Ladies” is the square-wheel comedy of two Shakespearean actors who re-invent themselves as a dowager’s nieces to claim her fortune and ease their thespian poverty. Nothing in their scheme rolls smoothly with romance raising a nail in the road and putative heiresses-apparent showing up at their backyard Bard performance for the dowager’s circle.

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