By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
When a cast and its director have to stop rehearsing their comedy to laugh out loud, that’s a good sign.
That’s exactly what’s happening as Corinth Theatre-Arts prepares for Neil Simon’s farce, “Rumors.”
“Every night, we lose 10-15 minutes (from laughter),” said David Maxedon, who stars as Leonard Ganz in the play. “People have literally fallen in the floor. Neil Simon is a genius.”
The comedy focuses on a group of affluent couples who are at a party to celebrate one of the couples’ anniversaries, but there’s trouble: The host has shot himself in the earlobe, and his wife is nowhere to be found. As each couple arrives and assesses the situation, they try to keep the gossip from the next couple – and especially from the police and media. Hilarity, as they say, ensues.
“It pokes fun at the wealthy, and ourselves when we do whatever we have to do to protect ourselves,” said director Cristina Skinner.
Maxedon’s character is an accountant who can lose his cool at the drop of a hat.
“When he’s down, he’ll dodge any responsibility. It’s hinted that he cooked the books, and I’m inclined to believe he did,” he said.
Lenny’s wife, Claire, is played by Linda Dixon, who describes her well-dressed gossiping character as a “somewhat sarcastic individual. She loves mysteries, so when she see something out of order, she latches on to that.”
Dixon said the small cast has learned how to bounce zingy one-liners and sarcastic bobs off each other well.
Thanks to the adult-themed rumors and language, Skinner said “Rumors” is for adults only. It’s CTA’s Second Stage offering, which showcases plays that aren’t a part of the usual family-friendly season.
“It starts at 8 p.m. each night, so it’s for (adults), and not for their kids,” she said. “Hire a baby sitter, enjoy dinner out and come to the play.”
Dim The Lights
WHAT: Corinth Theatre-Arts production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors”
WHEN: 8 p.m. Sept. 7-8, 2 p.m. Sept. 9
WHERE: Crossroads Playhouse, Corinth
INFO: corinththeatrearts.com, (662) 287-2995
EXTRA: Language and adult themes give this play an “R” rating from director Cristina Skinner.
CAST: Paul Locke (Ken Gorman); Sharlese Townsend (Chris Gorman); Linda Dixon (Claire Ganz); David Maxedon (Lenny Ganz); Melissa Miller (Cookie Cusack); Dan Marsh (Ernie Cusack); Cecilia Dean
(Cassie Cooper); Jeremy Taylor (Glenn Cooper); Paul Anderson (Officer Welsh); Jenny Jordan (Officer Pudney).