Redefining the Classroom

Neil Simon Broadway comedy coming to LSSU stage

Posted: March 19th, 2013

SIMON SAYS MAYHEM – Lake Superior State University theater students Jacob Northuis (freshman in fisheries and wildlife management from Grandville, Mich.), Lindsay Cooley (psychology junior, Parma, Mich.), Jaclyn Sliger (accounting sophomore, Watton, Mich.), and James Moreland (business administration/management sophomore, Trenary, Mich.) dive into a rehearsal of Neil Simon's comedy Rumors, which takes to the LSSU Arts Center stage March 22-24. Tickets are available by running a search on "LSSU Arts Center tickets" on the Web. (LSSU/Amanda Cady)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - Lake Superior State University's Theater Department will present the comedy "Rumors," written by Neil Simon and directed by Prof. Jennifer Hunter, March 22-24 in the LSSU Arts Center Auditorium.

In Rumors, four high society couples arrive at the anniversary party of Charlie and Myra Brock. However the servants are gone, the hostess is missing and Charlie is lying upstairs with an accidental gunshot wound to the earlobe. The high-voltage hilarity ensues as the friends try frantically to protect their host (who is deputy mayor of New York), and themselves, by hiding the evening’s events from the outside world. Doors slam, secrets are revealed and complications mount as this sidesplitting farce unfolds. Written by the American icon, Neil Simon, this show will leave you happy to be in the rumor-mill.

"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," said Simon to the New York Times shortly after Rumors premiered in 1988. "This is completely different for me. It's unlike anything I've ever written. It's my first farce."

The original Broadway production ran 535 performances and went on to garner a Tony Award in 1989.

Show times on the LSSU Arts Center main stage are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. Tickets -- $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students – are available on-line by clicking here or at the Norris Center box office on campus or may be purchased at the door. The Arts Center box office opens a half-hour before all performances.


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Prof. Jennifer Hunter, College of Fine and & Performing Arts, e-mail, 635-2735.