WACT to perform Neil Simon's 'Rumors'

By Josh Sigler

Eric Seaman has noticed something about people as time progresses. The modern generation is buying less and less material things, opting to spend their disposable income on experiences.

Seaman’s experience in the Wabash Area Community Theatre has enriched his life, he says, making friends who are seemingly family now.

The rapport will be on display as WACT puts on the adult comedy Neil Simon’s “Rumors” at O.J. Neighbors Elementary School March 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. and March 18 at 2 p.m.

“For us, it’s creating something,” Seaman said. “And, for others, it’s experiencing something. This is for people who like those productions that have a lot of one-liners that make you fall out of your chair. This is the show for them. There’s probably at least 20 lines where we’ve heard it 100 times but we sill laugh every time.”

“Rumors” director Bruve Rovelstad is holding the secrets of the play’s plot close to the vest, but did describe the characters in the show as “strong characters.”

The cast is attending a 10th anniversary party for Charlie Brock, the Deputy Mayor of New York, and his wife, Myra. Things start to go wrong from the minute the guests arrive. The audience finds out that Charlie has been shot in the ear from an early point in the production, and the characters spend the rest of the night trying to embellish the story, making it more than it actually is.

“I don’t want to say too much, otherwise I give away the true plot of the whole thing,” Rovelstad said. “There’s lots of twists and turns. We have four couples that are coming to this anniversary party. When they get there, they find that the host and hostess are gone for some reason. That starts a lot of the suspicions about ‘Why are they gone?’ That’s the reason why we call it ‘Rumors.’ It shows how a story can grow, even if it isn’t a true story.”

Seaman plays Ken Gorman, the male lead. This is his second male lead role with WACT, playing Jeremy in “The Heirs” last year.

Gorman is a lawyer who happens to be Charlie Brock’s best friend. Charlie is talked about throughout the play, but never actually makes an appearance.

Seaman described Gorman as very straightforward.

“He’s no nonsense,” Seaman added. “He and his wife spend the first 10 minutes of the show bickering with each other. He’s always, throughout the show, looking out for what’s best for the group and what’s best for Charlie. He doesn’t want anyone to get in trouble, and wants to think things through instead of be impulsive.”

Samantha Kramer plays Chris Gorman, Ken’s wife, the female lead. Much like Seaman, Kramer described her character as “straight-laced.”

“But this situation throws her completely off balance,” Kramer said. “She is just trying to survive it. She more than once says ‘I can’t believe I’m here. I could be at home right now.’ She’s just trying to keep herself together and not to go off the deep end with all of this.”

Rovelstad explained that WACT typically puts on smaller-production comedies in the spring, meaning the cast and crew need less space to operate. That’s why they’ve used the Honeywell Center’s Crystal Room for rehearsal and will use O.J. Neighbours for the production instead of Ford Theater, like they do in the fall productions, which almost always includes a full orchestra.

“I think everyone in this community needs to come see this play,” Rovelstad concluded. “It’s a very good play. It’s very funny and it’ll keep you laughing from the time you sit down until the time you leave.”

Posted on 2018 Mar 13