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Pine Island Playhouse presents Neil Simon play

March 6, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Pine Island Playhouse presented three performances of Neil Simon's play "Rumors" last weekend. In case you missed this hilariously funny play, you have a second chance. The Playhouse will be performing three more shows this coming weekend.

"Rumors," which opened on Broadway in 1988 and ran for 535 performances, is a farcical play centered around a small cast of characters in an upscale home in New York City. Ken Gorman (portrayed by Paul Pichon) and his wife Chris Gorman (Nichole Pichon) are the first to arrive at the 10th anniversary party of friend Charlie Brock, the deputy mayor of New York, and his wife Myra.

When Ken and Chris arrive, the kitchen staff is not there, Charlie's wife Myra is missing and Charlie has shot himself in the head. In short order, Ken realizes Charlie's wound isn't fatal. Apparently Charlie had taken some valium and as he fell asleep he shot himself, missing his head and shooting his ear lobe.

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The cast from the Pine Island Playhouse production of “Rumors.”


Ken and Chris decide not to tell the other guests about the deputy mayor's attempted suicide and construct lies to cover it up. While trying to protect the deputy mayor from the scandal of his missing wife, his possible attempted suicide and the rumors swirling about their affairs exposes the individual characters' neurosis.

The two-act play is one of Simon's most celebrated works and has been staged all across the country. At the start, director Tonya Player warns the audience that "Rumors" is an '"adult" play and there are more than a few off-color words throughout the play.

Although it's hard to choose from the many great productions of the Pine Island Playhouse - "Frankenstein," "Little Women" and "A Christmas Story" - "Rumors" may be the best production to date.

Player, in her directorial debut, said, "I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to direct, Neil Simon's 'Rumors' at the Pine Island Playhouse. A great play, fantastic cast and the phenomenal set design and construction by Nichole and Paul Pichon made it a wonderful experience. I hope I have the opportunity to direct another of the Playhouse productions in the future. The Pine Island Playhouse is a local treasure and I hope everyone takes the opportunity to see one of our productions."

Second weekend performances are Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m.

Pine Island Playhouse performances are at Pine Island United Methodist Church, 5701 Pine Island Road, Bokeelia.

The performances of "Rumors" is sponsored by American Legion Post 136, Dr. Susan Hook, Monroe Canal Marina, Little Lilly's Island Deli, Pine Island Ballroom Lessons, El Polo Rico, Team Shevlin (Cen-tury 21 Sunbelt), CW Fudge Factory, Cosas FMB, Saltwater Smoke-house and Olde Fish House Marina.



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