Building Madness

2023 Screwball Comedy
Played March 17 - April 2, 2023 Evenings at 7:30pm • Sunday matinees at 2pm

Building Madness


Professional World Premiere!

Winner of the Panowski Playwriting Award

Building Madness is a farce for the ages. The locally based Kate Danley, an award-winning and prolific novelist and playwright, has managed to capture a classic, timeless feel with a modern wit, and whose women are much smarter than theatrical devices.”Chase Anderson for NWTheatre.org

Love those great old comedies from Hollywood’s Golden Era of the 1930s, like It Happened One Night and His Girl Friday, where funny women run the show? You will love this!

Max and Paul are just trying to keep their architecture company afloat, but they accidentally hired the mob to build a police retirement home. They may never get the project done in this screwball comedy, but they are most definitely building madness.

IF YOU LIKED: Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2015), Present Laughter (2017)

COVID Protocols Update: Harlequin still encourages all patrons to wear masks while in the theater. See our updated protocols here.

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CLOSING WEEKEND DISCOUNT: Use code Harle2023 for 20% off on April 1 & April 2!


The State Theater

Ticket Prices

General $43 • Senior/Military $40 • Student/Youth $28 View our Seating Chart, or learn about Rush Tickets and Pay What You Choose

Age Recommendation

11 and older with guidance


For patrons with mobility challenges, we offer front-row seats, accessible bathrooms, and gently sloping aisles. Wheelchair Seating is also available. Assisted Listening Devices are available free of charge at the Concessions Counter.
estimated run time 1 hr 50 mins


Emma Brown Baker
Trixie Fuller View
Nathan Rice
Max Marshall View
Matt Shimkus*
Paul Fielding View
Helen Harvester
Gwen Gladwell View
Angela DiMarco
Ruby Deleoni View
James William Clark
Vito Deleoni View
*Member of the Actor's Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


The reviews are in!

Praise for Building Madness!

"...it’s hard to imagine a better place to give this smart screwball comedy its professional debut." - Chase Anderson for NWTheatre.org

Art in the Lobby

Meet Brett Carlson, Featured Artist for Building Madness

In Meta-tinations 2023, Brett Carlson, a metal artist, continues his meticulous exploration of hand-cut tin, piecing together strips of metal reclaimed from diverse sources to create new images. The Meta­tinations series “presents visual images and messages utilizing recycled decorative containers in a collage-style format”. By using recycled decorative tins, brads, and wood, this represents a rebirth of iconic images into new concepts and visuals.