Angie Lowe, co-director of L'arc en Ciel Theatre Group’s “Rumors,” is putting her own touch on Neil Simon’s acclaimed farcical comedy to make it appealing to a wider audience.
“We’re cutting a lot of language and we’re toning this one down,” she said. “I just don’t like a lot of (obscene) words. We don’t need those to express humor. We cleaned it up for our audience."
"Rumors," which runs through Nov. 24 (Friday nights and Sunday afternoons only) at Cedar Lake's Great Oaks Dinner Theatre, finds laughs and hijinks at an anniversary dinner party for the deputy mayor of New York City, when everything that could go wrong between the upper-class attendees and staff does.
“Rumors” made its debut on Broadway in Nov., 1988, with Christine Baranski taking home a Tony Award for her role as party host Chris Gorman. Lowe, who is directing the play with her husband, Paul Lowe, first brought “Rumors” to the stage in 1995 when both helmed the Lake Central Theatre Guild.
“Twenty-five years ago this week, we saw it on Broadway, and we just loved it,” Lowe said. “Now, 18 years later, we’re doing it again. It’s just a stitch.”
Linda Slankard from Cedar Lake plays Gorman and Bruce Jung from Schererville portrays her husband, Ken Gorman, in L'arc en Ciel’s production of “Rumors.” They are joined onstage by Grant Fitch and Kali Rasala Fitch, both from Highland, as guests Lenny and Claire Ganz, Kathie Rosdil and Gary Mion, both from Crown Point, as couple Cookie and Ernie Cusack, Dyer’s Alan Smith as dinner guest Glenn Cooper and Crown Point’s Donna Griggs as wife Cassie Cooper.
Next up for L'arc en Ciel Theatre Group is a production of the popular musical comedy “Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree,” scheduled to run at Great Oaks Dinner Theatre starting in mid-January.
FYI: “Rumors” runs at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 and 22 and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and 24 (dinner served 90 minutes before each performance). Great Oaks Dinner Theatre is located at 13109 Wicker Ave., Cedar Lake. Cost is $32 adults, $30 senior citizens, $25 children 12 years old and younger. Call (219) 374-8000 or (219) 365-3197).