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Theatre the home for 'Rumors'

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Community Theatre of Clay County begins its 27th season Sept. 23-25, with Neil Simon's classic comedy "Rumors." Cast members Keri Fagg (left) and Julia Kapke took the stage Wednesday for rehearsals. Doors open Thursday, Friday and Saturday for ticket holders at 6:30 p.m., with the performance starting at 7:30 p.m., at the theatre located at 8 East National Avenue, Brazil. Ivy Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
Editor's Note: The phone number at the end of the article has been corrected.

The Community Theatre of Clay County will bring to life the words of one of the most talented wordsmith's Neil Simon with it presents "Rumors," Sept. 23-25.

Simon has shown his taste for comedy for more than 50 years on television, in theater and movies.

A master of one-liners, he most recently has used them as a basis for more serious social comment.

"Rumors," a 1988 farce, is a commentary on the absurdities of urban affluent professionals who aren't as secure as they seem in being members of high society.

Let them face unaccustomed social pressures and they peel down to their neurotic, insecure selves.

Four formally dressed couples are invited to an anniversary party for the deputy mayor of New York and his wife.

The characters are excitable lawyer Ken Gorman (Ken Sproul) and his cigarette-withdrawal-suffering wife Chris (Keri Fagg); hyper-accountant Lenny Ganz (Vince Braun) and his wife Claire (Donna Cooksey); clueless psychological analyst Ernie Cusack (David Landes) and his back-pain suffering TV cook-show host Cookie (Sandra Gibbens); and the ambitious politician Glenn Cooper (Sam Glover) and his sexy, but suspicious wife, Cassie (Julia Kapke).

Each couple arrives separately to discover the host is in bed upstairs shot through the ear. The hostess is nowhere to be found and the cook is missing, so there is no food.

Panicked by the potential backlash of the embarrassing situation, neuroses run wild as the guests fall into a pattern of much lying and cover-ups; the mind reels trying to remember who is who and what is what, until all is brought to a head by the arrival of police officer Welch (Carl McKinney) and his partner, Officer Pudney (Carrie Rushton), who are simply investigating an accident that one of the groups had on its way to the party.

Doors open at 6 p.m., each evening, with dinner being served at 6:30. Shows are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., each night.

For ticket information, call 442-6909.

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