Lincoln College presents 'Rumors'
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Many of the actors who appeared
in Lincoln College's stellar production of "The Tempest" did not
have much time to decompress after their last performance. That is
because Lincoln College Professor Martin Holden began casting and
rehearsals for the next LC production. Holden will direct Neil
Simon's "Rumors," which will be presented on the main stage of the
Johnston Center in November.
"Rumors" was written in 1988 and is considered Simon's first farce,
a type of comedy that includes lots of action, a fast and furious
When asked why he chose "Rumors," Holden said: "I am very
familiar with it, having seen it in a touring Broadway show, and
have always enjoyed it. The show is a great actor's showcase and
includes a really great set."
The action takes place in an upscale New York City suburb as four
couples gather for a birthday party. The host is the birthday boy,
but he never shows onstage. The couples talk about him, but he
remains in an upstairs bedroom. Then a gunshot is heard, and the
show is off to the races! While the guests wait for the police,
rumors fly fast and furious about the gunshot that has wounded the
Neil Simon has written some of the most popular and enduring
plays of the late 20th century. He began his career writing for
television comedies, working with the likes of Woody Allen and Mel
Brooks, giants of the comedy world. Simon went on to write "The Last
of the Red Hot Lovers" and "Barefoot in the Park," Broadway hits
that were later turned into movies. His most famous play may be "The
Odd Couple," which was later adapted into a movie and a long-running
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"Rumors" will be presented in the Johnston Center for Performing
Arts on the Lincoln College campus Nov. 6-10. The Wednesday through
Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday show will be a 2
Holden invites the public to come out and enjoy a fun show. He
did mention that the show contains mature language.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students, with a $1 price
for Lincoln College students. Tickets may be obtained at the box
office the day of the show, or reserved by calling the office at
217-732-3155, ext. 280. The ticket office voice mail will open one
week before the show.
For more information, Holden may be reached at 217-732-3155, ext.
[By CURT FOX]