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HUDSON, Ohio -- Amidst the chaos, confusion and conflicting stories rife in celebrated playwright Neil Simon's "Rumors," there will be an abundance of hilarity to enjoy.
The cast of Western Reserve Academy's spring comedy are busy preparing for this playful performance, which is sure to leave audiences in stitches. The show will be April 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and April 23 at 2 p.m. at the Knights Fine Arts Center (KFAC) on the WRA campus, on North Oviatt Street in Hudson.
"Rumors is just a really good laugh," said Director and Fine & Performing Arts Department faculty member Donalee Ong. "The students love performing it, they love seeing it. We performed it eight or nine years ago, and it just felt like a good time to stage it again."
The play begins innocuously enough; Ken Gorman and his wife, Chris, are the first to arrive at a 10th anniversary dinner party, thrown by Charlie Brock, the Deputy Mayor of New York, and his wife, Myra. Shortly after their entry, the couple stumbles across something rather ghastly.
"They're doing a little snooping, and they find Charlie in his room with a gunshot through his earlobe -- blood everywhere! -- and Myra nowhere to be found,"explained Ong. "As they deal with the trauma of helping him, the doorbell rings and the next couple arrives. Ken and Chris decide that they can't let anybody know,because Charlie is running for deputy mayor and this, of course, would be a huge scandal.
As each additional couple arrives, the ability to keep it a secret becomes harder and harder."
It's a dinner party gone shockingly awry and, even with the gruesome display in the beginning, a delightful, hysterical comedy that is well worth attending.