The Royal Palm Players will be performing Neil Simon's play Rumors in Boca Grande from Feb. 12-15. One of theatre's best vehicles for an ensemble cast, it seems custom-made for the 25th anniversary season of the Royal Palm Players, one of Florida's most accomplished and popular community theatre groups.
In a 1988 interview with the NY Times, Simon explained the origins of his play: "I was going through some difficult times...I wanted to work, because work is always a cathartic process for me, and I thought it would be really good just to get into a comedy."
He noted that "This is completely different for me...It's unlike anything I've ever written. It's my first farce." In describing the play, he said: " 'The play started with the idea of doing a farce...The next thing was to do it as an elegant farce, because the farces in Moliere's days were generally about wealthy people. These aren't extremely wealthy people, but they are well-to-do. So I decided to dress them in evening clothes. There was something about having them dressed in evening clothes that I thought was a nice counterpoint to the chaos that was happening in the play. And so I picked a reason for them to be dressed elegantly, and it was a 10th anniversary."
The play is already sold out on Feb. 13, so it's best to grab the few tickets remaining by calling the reservation line at 941-964-2670. Next on the bill is Oklahoma from Mar. 12-15.
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