Perrysburg opens theater season with 'Rumors' PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:04
PERRYSBURG - The high school's theater season starts off with the Neil Simon farce "Rumors," a play that looks at the problems friends can get into when protecting their reputations.
"It is not a physical comedy, but there are a lot of one-liners," said Director Rob Gentry.
Charlie and Myra have been married happily ever after for 10 years - what a reason to celebrate! So they invite their eight best friends (four couples of New York's high society) to their fancy villa, engage their cook Mai Li to prepare the canap├ęs and a delicious dinner and order tons of expensive champagne. At least that is what their friends think.
But when Chris and Ken Gorman arrive at the party, they only find Charlie's body covered with blood, a gun and a suicide note. No Myra, no Mai Li and - worst of all - no food.
Charlie is still alive but barely conscious and therefore unable to explain the situation. While lawyer Ken remains calm (relatively), his wife Chris is coming apart at the seams, especially as the other guests are arriving fast. They agree not to tell the others what happened since Charlie is the deputy mayor of New York and has to be protected from the police, nosy journalists and nasty rumors at all costs.
However, it is hard to keep a secret from Claire and Lenny - the next ones to arrive on the scene - when there's no food, no host, no hostess and various other problems. But even Claire and Lenny cannot find a solution when they are confronted with the situation - they can only speculate.
Was it suicide or attempted murder? Did Charlie have an affair or was it Myra? And where are all the servants?
Before they can come to a conclusion, Cookie and Ernie arrive, followed by Glenn and Cassie a little while later. The four couples desperately try to conceal an attempted suicide (or was it?), to solve the problem of the vanished Chinese cook (Mai Li or Moo Loo?), to find something to eat
("What, not even pretzels?"), to fool the police ("The music was on so loud...") and to have a good time at their friend's 10th wedding anniversary party.
The cast includes Madeline Parks as Chris Gorman, Noah Tye as Ken Gorman, Kyra Marks as Claire Ganz, Connor Leupp as Lenny Ganz, Sara Miller as Cookie Cusack, Connor Treece as Ernie Cusack, Abby Newman as Cassie Cooper and Kevin Korcyk as Glenn Cooper.
Joseph Ball portrays Officer Welch and Jake Knight plays Officer Pudney.
The production is directed by Genry along with assistant director Deb Drew and student directors Colby Buzzell and Henry Newberg.
There will be three performances at the Perrysburg High School auditorium: Nov. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m.; and Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.
General admission tickets are $10. Perrysburg High School students pay half price at $5 for opening night only
On Nov. 9 only, Perrysburg Theatre Boosters invite patrons to enjoy dinner before the play. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. in the Perrysburg High School Commons. Menu items include chicken parmesan, salad and dessert. Dinner tickets are $10 each.
Proceeds benefit the boosters.

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