Sunset Playhouse Fuels Neil Simon’s ‘Rumors’
The basic premise of the play is established in the first few minutes
of the show. The husband and wife celebrating their anniversary aren’t well.
The wife is nowhere to be seen. The husband has accidentally shot himself in
the ear due to a botched suicide attempt. As the guests arrive and realize that
something is amiss, they attempt to keep from each other the real reason why
the party’s hosts aren’t there.
The comic possibilities of this premise are explored in the most
obvious shades of comedy. The real treat here is the opportunity to see
talented comic actors at work.
Randall T. Anderson, fun in almost anything, plays the lawyer Ken
has a brilliant instinct for this kind of comedy and manages to find humor in
even the most obvious of punch lines. In the role of Claire, Sarah Laak Hughes
adds a highly comic poise. She shows a beautifully articulated grace under fire
that adapts to the difficulties of the play.
Sunset Playhouse’s production of Rumors runs through May 8.