CARTHAGE — Texas Comedies is returning to Carthage on April 17 with a musical comedy all about Prohibition.

Esquire Theater doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with retired Texas historian Bill O’Neal speaking at 6:30 p.m. and the play beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. They’re on sale only at the Panola County Chamber of Commerce. If the show isn’t sold out, there may be some tickets available at the door.

“I was talking to Bill O’Neal one day, this was right before COVID of course, and he said he had a talk about prohibition that was a hoot, and I said I think Texas Comedies has a show on Prohibition,” Carthage Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney said. “So I booked them and of course we rescheduled them a couple of times because of COVID, but we took Bill O’Neal’s notes and sent them to Texas Comedies so that they could be sure and put some local stuff in there. Bill O’Neal will talk about Prohibition in Panola County, and then we’ll go right into the musical comedy, which is always so much fun.”

The play, aptly titled “Prohibition,” is the newest edition to the group’s Texas History musicals series. Created by John Cecil and Texas Comedies, the show explores the epic struggle that dragged in temperancers, doughboys, German-Americans, suffragettes and gangsters, and culminated in a notorious era of criminality and vice, Deloney said.

“Texas Comedies has been doing very limited things, and only for the last few months, so they’re really ready to perform, so you can imagine it’s going to be a really fun night, because they’re going to be so hyped up to be performing,” Deloney said.

Texas Comedies is based out of Austin, and have previously performed at the Esquire in “Gangsters: a Bonnie & Clyde Musical Comedy” and “Murder in Carthage.”

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