The Friday night (February 12, 2010) performance of “Rumors” has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Most reservations have been transferred to the Saturday and Sunday performances. There are seats available for the Saturday 8:00 PM performance and the Sunday 2:30 matinee. If you are unable to reach the box office, plenty of tickets will be available at the door. Saturday’s performance will feature a pre-show serenade by The Sweet Georgia Sound.
Macon Little Theatre’s production of “Rumors” opened on February 5 and brought the audience to its feet on all three shows. A talented cast under the direction of Chuck NeSmith displayed its comic timing and breakneck pace to three hungry audiences and left everyone fully satisfied. M. Jared Carson and Betsey Brindger (as Ken and Chris Gorman) open the show setting the table with hints and suppositions about just what is going on at this anniversary dinner party. Adding to the confusion is the arrival of Chris Ikner and Ashley Carson (as Lenny and Clair Ganz) who are suffering the effects of an accident in their new BMW. Compounding the menu of chaos are Billy Bishop and Laura Bechtel (as Ernie and Cookie Cusack) who add to the current rumors and create new comic situations. When the antics of these three couples has the comedy pot boiling, the mixture is further spiced by the arrival of Bryson Holloway and Colby Atkins (as Glenn and Cassie Cooper) who bring their personal bickering to further complicate the plot. Just before this mirthful miasma bubbles over, David Lintz and Eddie Smith (as Officer Welch and Officer Pudney) show up to serve up a solution to the entire smorgasbord of lies, deceit and confusion. “Rumor” is a complete meal. Under the direction of Chef Chuck NeSmith, these ten tasty actors provide a wholesome dose of comedy far exceeding the minimum daily requirement of laughter and fun. The set itself is a centerpiece to enhance any table. Designed and constructed by Chuck NeSmith, John Daniel and Felder Frederick, it could actually be rented out between performances. Leonard Boswell’s light design and Tommy Knight’s light board services highlighted the action and enhanced eye appeal. Richard Jeter provided just the right sound effects at just the right times to suspend all disbelief. Making sure all elements blended for the perfect soufflé of entertainment was stage manager, Danielle Thuen assisted by Elizabeth Warren.
Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Chuck NeSmith
February 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Evening performances 8:00 pm
Sunday Matinees 2:30 pm
Neil Simon is America’s best-known living playwright and the author of well know comedies such as “The Odd Couple”, “Barefoot in the Park” and “The Sunshine Boys”. “Rumors” is a fast paced, laugh-a-minute comedy that will keep you guessing to the very end. Several affluent couples gather in the posh suburban residence of a couple for a dinner party celebrating their tenth anniversary. When they arrive, they discover there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the host – the deputy mayor of New York City – has shot himself through the earlobe. Comic complications arise when, given everyone’s upper class status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening’s events from the local police and the media. Don’t miss this fun filled evening and learn the consequences of “rumors”.
$15 Seniors (60+)
$10 Students (Up to 23 w/ID)
Box Office Hours: 1 – 6 PM
477-3342 or 471-PLAY