FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan - Rumor has it the Farmington Players production of "Rumors" is shaking up crowds - with laughter. The Players are beginning their third weekend of Neil Simon's classic comedy that runs through May 17th.
It's a zany fast-paced farce loaded with slamming doors, mistaken identities and physical humor. Tickets for the final performances are on sale now at http://www.farmingtonplayers.org or at the box office: 248-553-2955.
The show is set in 1988 with no cell phones, no Facebook and no shortage of word of mouth functioning as the main mechanism to spread rumors.
The fun begins with the Deputy Mayor of New York shooting himself in the ear on the day he’s hosting a party for his wedding anniversary. When upper class couples arrive for the celebration they realize the politician and his wife are missing and the mad rush is on to conceal the truth from the media and police.
Director Cynthia Tupper of Farmington Hills feels fortunate to work with some of the funniest actors and actresses at “The Barn.” “The pleasure of directing such an exceptional cast is that they take the framework of your direction and run with it. They bring so much of their own to the table to make their characters unique,” says Tupper.
Tupper says her cardinal rule for directing a farce is to make it “fast loud and funny.” She’s confident her cast will put audiences “in stitches” as they portray “wealthy well-educated couples acting like lunatics” with all their quirks, flaws and charm.
The first two to arrive are lawyers Ken and Chris Gorman played by Jim Moll of Farmington Hills and Erin Osgood of Brighton. They fear the Mayor is the victim of a failed suicide attempt. So they carefully create a cover story hoping to avoid a scandal.
They are joined by Claire and Lenny Gantz (Sue Rogers of West Bloomfield & Frank Markus of Royal Oak) whom Tupper describes as “The Bickersons”; The “nice” and “successful” couple, Cookie and Ernie Cusak (Maryann Tweedie of Novi and Nick Szczerba of Brownstown); and the “political couple” Cassie and Glenn Cooper (Julia Spina Kolar of West Bloomfield and Ross Grossman of Farmington Hills).
The fifth couple - a pair of police partners Welch and Pudney (Eric Carlson of Southfield and Kristi Walter of Canton Twp.) have an interesting relationship. They aren’t married, but they are called on to investigate the bizarre story.
The hilarity kicks into high gear as the guests try to make sense of the circumstances using bits of rumors, including some about extramarital affairs the mayor and his wife may or may not be having. One rumor laced with lies follows another, and tiny misconceptions lead to some amazing comedy.
Several blogs with show photos are available at http://playingthebarn.blogspot.com. Tupper also invites you to “like” the Barn’s Facebook page “The Farmington Players Barn Theater”.
REMAINING SHOW DATES & TIMES
Thursday, May 15 8pm (Thrifty Thursday, $2 Off)
Friday, May 16 8pm
Saturday May 17 8pm
Tickets are available at both http://www.farmingtonplayers.org and the box office at 248-553-2955.
• Adults: $16
• Students: $2 off any performance
• Thrifty Thursday: $2 off for everyone ONLY on May 15
• Group Discounts: $2 off any show with a group of ten or more people.
The Farmington Players Barn is located at 32332 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills Michigan 48334. It’s the big white barn on the north side of 12 mile between Orchard Lake and Farmington Rd.
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CAST & CREW
Cast Member Character Hometown
Erik Carlson (Officer Welch ) Southfield
Ross Grossman (Glenn Cooper) Farmington Hills
Frank Markus (Lenny Gantz ) Royal Oak
Jim Moll (Ken Gorman ) Farmington Hills
Erin Osgood (Chris Gorman ) Brighton
Sue Rogers (Claire Gantz ) West Bloomfield
Kristi Schwartz (Officer Pudney ) Canton
Julia Spina-Kilar (Cassie Cooper ) West Bloomfield
Nick Szczerba (Ernie Cusack ) Brownstown
Mary Ann Tweedie (Cookie Cusack ) Novi
Cynthia Tupper (Director) Farmington Hills
Kelly Rose Voigt (Asst. Director) Ferndale
Dave Gilkes (Producer) Farmington Hills
Pat Doman (Producer) West Bloomfield
The Barn is located at 32332 W. Twelve Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334.
It’s the big white Barn on the North side of Twelve Mile just west of Orchard Lake Rd.