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Prescott Fine Arts Theater Presents "Rumors"

28 February 2008  
Cross La Guardia bridge on Whipple Street, and you will find a slice of New York at the Prescott Fine Arts Theater on Marina, as they present, Rumors, a Neil Simon play.

 

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Lenny and Claire Ganz discuss the dilemma they are faced with.
Cross La Guardia bridge on Whipple Street, and you will find a slice of New York at the Prescott Fine Arts Theater on Marina. "Rumors " is a Neil Simon comedy about what happens when a group of socialites, elegantly dressed in evening attire, show up to the Deputy Mayor's anniversary party, only to hear a gunshot. Unable to get an explanation as to what happened, they immediately begin to speculate on their own. The excuses, cover ups, and convolutions only get wilder as the night goes on. In the end the audience is left knowing what the guests know, and has to guess whether the truth is wilder or the imaginations of the cast.

Linda Miller, who played Claire Ganz, really nailed her character as the upper class wife of a well-to-do financial advisor. Her delivery gave a real zing to her witty lines, making the audience feel like they were actually in the living room sitting next to her on the couch.

 

Joanne Robertson, playing the part of Chris Gorman, did sit next to Claire Ganz several times; Gorman was a superb contrast to Ganz, as she alternated between dramatic, slightly hysterical reactions and nervous searches for cigarettes.

Bruce Thomson is utterly believable in the role of Lenny Ganz; he is the casts' native New Yorker. Thomson, along with the rest of the ensemble, turns in an outstanding performance. Lenny Ganz's climactic monologue alone should be worth the price of admission.

Thomson says that what drew him to this play was Neil Simons' dialog. "Playing Lenny, it was like going home. I grew up with so many people like him, Type A personalities, Westchester County, New York, so it just fell right into place for me. And Neil Simon just writes great dialog, and you can pretty much rely on him to be funny no matter what he writes."

The casting is absolutely perfect with a blending that is a credit to director Randy Faulkner. Faulkner said that building the set and making sure the little details were taken care of was the hardest part. "The rest of it, you just get a bunch of great actors together and let them have fun."

Faulkner chose the play, explaining, "I read it probably about 6 years ago, and thought it was really, really funny. I didn't know that Neil Simon had written a farce, since I've done other Neil Simon, and I like doing farces because I like to make people laugh."

Some words might make younger theater-goers blush, but are no worse than what might be heard on the streets of the five boroughs. Aside from the language, everyone in the theater found a comedy that kept the laughter going and going.

It's a play well worth attending - hire a babysitter and prepare to have a fun night out on the town, filled with humor and outright laughter. 

Rumors will be playing at the Prescott fine Arts Theater at 208 North Marina Street On February 28th, 29th, and March 1st, 6th, 7th, & 8th at 7:30 PM. Matinees are on March 2nd & 8th at 2 PM. Tickets are $16 for evening performances, and $12 for the matinees. Children, 12 and under are $11 and $8 respectively.

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