• 30°

Hilarity ensues in PPT’s farcical production of Neil Simon’s ‘Rumors’

Meet the cast of ‘Rumors’

Brooklinn Snyder : Officer Pudney
Cherokee Earnhardt : Officer Welch
Summer Perry : Cassie
John Rendleman : Glenn
Cindy Phillips : Cookie
Marty Walker : Ernie
Brian Rassler : Lenny
Eliza Smith : Claire
Matthew Spry : Ken
Abigail Skibsted : Chris

Reid Leonard : Director
Ashley Ward : Costumer
Sheelagh Donaldson : Lights
Colleen Welday : Sound

by Reid Leonard

Neil Simon is one of America’s, if not one of the world’s, greatest comic playwrights.

In December of 1986 he opened a play called “Broadway Bound” on Broadway. It was an examination of his parents, broken promises, lost love. Not exactly a knee slapping comedy.

He thought he was having a heart attack on opening night.

He decided he needed some fun. He needed to enjoy himself.

Farce is defined as a broad satire or comedy about something supposed to be serious — but that has turned ridiculous.

John Rendleman in PPT’s production of ‘Rumors.’ JON C. LAKEY/SALISBURY POST

Neil Simon said in his autobiography “The Play Goes On” that writing a good farce may be one of the hardest undertakings in a writer’s career. Perhaps a trip around the world would have been better medicine.

He passed on a few hints he learned while writing Rumors:

— The play must move like greased lightning. Any type of grease will do.

—The stakes must be high. Since almost all the characters are hiding something, if caught, it could be calamitous. Calamity always hovers two feet over everyone in a farce.

—It is not a steadfast rule, but farces, historically speaking, are about rich people and never about poor people. Poor people have enough trouble without getting caught in a farce. Rich people, on the other hand, deserve what’s coming to them. Watching them squirm gets howls from the audience.

—It must be funny. Then funnier. Then funniest. Only two people have gone beyond funniest, but they didn’t live to tell the story.

So, come see what happens when Chris and Ken show up for Charlie and Myra’s tenth wedding anniversary party.

Piedmont Players’ Theatre production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors — A Farce” runs March 5-7 and 11-14 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 matinee at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets and info available at Piedmontplayers.com or 704-633-5471.

About Post Lifestyles

Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalPostLifestyle/ and Twitter @postlifestlyes for more content

email author More by Post



State names Rowan among most economically distressed counties

High School

High school volleyball: South Rowan wins another CCC match


Catawba College’s Service of Lessons and Carols moves virtual


Spencer’s Park Plaza financing gets OK from state’s Local Government Commission


Kannapolis City Schools to hold public hearing on construction equity policy


Drivers identified in I-85 double vehicle crash, fire


Driver cited in two-vehicle Mooresville Road collision


Tractor stolen from Ritchie Road


North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd tests positive for COVID-19


Blotter: Vehicles broken into overnight at Marriott, Comfort Suites hotels


County reports two new COVID-19 deaths, two weeks of 50-case daily increases


Red wolves have been busy growing up at Dan Nicholas Park


Salisbury City Council to consider contract for street paving


Catawba College honors employees for length of service

High School

High school football: Clay hopes for big senior season


Helen, Ralph Brown contribute to Christmas Happiness to help people in need


Cleveland Police charge woman with attempted murder after Sunday night shooting


COVID-19 cases in Rowan continue to surge after 50 new cases added; 19% of total cases active


Salisbury Police investigating accidental shooting at apartment building


Blotter: Salisbury man arrested on felony counts of trafficking


Motorcyclist airlifted following wreck on Jake Alexander Boulevard Sunday


Political Notebook: Senate Republicans disagree with Cooper administration halting CARES Act spending

Ask Us

Ask Us: Readers ask about legality of begging in Salisbury, Dominion voting machines


Biden fractures foot while playing with dog, to wear a boot