'Rumors,' a 'laugh riot,' has experienced director at helm
June 13, 2008 · Updated 3:58 PM
For the Mirror
Centerstage Theatres first production of 2005, the Neil Simon comedy Rumors, will open a two-week run this Friday at Knutzen Family Theater.
Artistic director Alan Bryce reported opening-night is sold out, an early audience reaction that is exactly what we were looking for when Centerstage decided to go with the popular Simon story in the footsteps of A Christmas Carol. The latter production in December broke all our box office records, he said.
Centerstages board of directors has a new policy favoring productions of popular work.
The Federal Way theater companys production of Rumors is headed by director Cynthia White. Her directorial resume includes Turn of the Screw at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire at the Utah Shakespeare Festival Our Town and Twelfth Night at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
White was director of play development at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland from 1986 through 1996. While at Ashland, she also directed Woman In Mind, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Voice of the Prairie, Ballerina and Toys In The Attic.
Directing Rumors has been a rewarding and challenging experience, not to mention a laugh riot, White said. The play is not built of jokes so much as it is structured something like a game of Hot Potato: Keep the potato in the air and dont hold it long enough to get burned.
Rumors four couples find themselves at a 10th wedding-anniversary party with no hostess but a host whos been shot in the ear. The first couple to arrive lawyers feel compelled to protect everyone and to cover up the evidence before anyone is implicated.
Youll be surprised how far one can stretch a little tiny bit of truth, White said of the show that, with a PG-13 rating, is ideal for family viewing.
She added, I sometimes feel like Im playing with a stack of dominoes. Im striving to get everyone set up so that when we tap the first domino with the first words of the play, the whole stack falls over one by one.
Performances are scheduled through March 6 on Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2. Tickets are available through Centerstage at 661-1444 or www.centerstagetheatre.com.
The cast includes Mathew Ahrens, Bob Barnett, Eva Doak, Jane May, Jason Rose, Dave Tucker, Allison Schumache, Heidi Weinreich, Dean Wilson and Holly Slyter.