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When you have a job as a receptionist, there are certain things you have to learn to live with. You get used to phones ringing off the hook, fax machines malfunctioning and angry clients yelling. But no matter how good you become at your job, something always comes along to throw off your game. I once worked as a receptionist at an architecture firm called Johnson Architects, and I had to answer the phone by saying "Johnson Architects, how may I help you?" But after doing it for months and months, I eventually started to slip up, sometimes answering the phone, "Johnson Alcoholics." In the case of Beverly, the fictional receptionist in the play The Receptionist, it's the appearance of a charming rep from the central office that changes how she does her job and, quite possibly, her life. The play is showing at the Studio Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, through June 21, as the conclusion of Watertower Theatre's 2008-2009 Discover Series. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 972-450-6232 or online at
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: June 4. Continues through June 28, 2009
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Kaitlin Ingram

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