Community theater spreads ‘Rumors’ in the CVIC Hall |

Community theater spreads ‘Rumors’ in the CVIC Hall

by Caryn Haller

Jim Grant / The Record-Courier

Director Lucille Rao is spreading rumors about her upcoming play in the CVIC Hall.

The Carson Valley Community Theatre productions of “Rumors” opens April 19 for two weekends.

“I chose ‘Rumors’ because it appealed to my sense of humor,” Rao said. “I like Neil Simon’s writing and I believe our audience base does too. Whenever you choose a play or musical to produce you want to consider the demographics of your audience.”

“Rumors” is a farcical play by Neil Simon where several affluent couples gather for a dinner party celebrating their hosts’ tenth anniversary. However, when the host— the deputy mayor of New York City — has shot himself, comic complications arise when the guests try to conceal the evening’s events from the local police and media.

This is Rao’s fifth show as director, and said audience members can expect lots of laughs.

“Rehearsals are going well, we are on target and the cast is doing a great job,” she said. “We are now in the phase of rehearsal when the actors start to really think and they start adding their own personal bits based on their character’s personalities.”

For Carla Wilson it’s been 20 years since she performed in a CVCT production.

The Jacks Valley resident portrays attorney Chris Gorman.

“She’s generally a very put-together person, but the incident that happens in the show shows a different side of her,” Wilson said. “This show is hysterical. It’s a fast-paced farce, and one of Neil Simon’s funnier pieces.”

Having acted and directed theater for more than 30 years Wilson is looking forward to opening night.

“It will be a night of great talent and lots of laughs in this small community,” she said. “I’m tickled to be able to be back working with them.”

Gardnerville resident Tony Aldrich plays Wilson’s stage husband Ken Gorman.

“It’s a little bit of typecasting,” Aldrich said. “He’s a little bit neurotic, but overall he’s a fun character to play.”

This is Aldrich’s second community theater performance.

“It’s nice to do something outside of the norm. The play’s going to be a lot of fun,” he said. “It will be interesting to see the reaction of the audience. It’s a very over-the-top play, and a great opportunity for the audience to do something outside the norm as well.”

Gardnerville resident Larry Lippmann plays Ernie the psychologist.

“Ernie’s an intellectual and likes to take charge, and be the one that gets people to calm down,” Lippmann said. “Not everyone likes to listen to him.”

Lippmann said he is excited about being in a Neil Simon play.

“Neil Simon is well-known for his comedies. It’s a fun play. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot,” he said.” I think it’s something the audience will really enjoy.”

“Rumors” shows 7:30 p.m. April 19, 20, 26 and 27 and 2 p.m. April 21 and 28 in the CVIC Hall.

Tickets are $13 for seniors and students, and $15 general admission. A dinner and show package from Minden Food Company is available for $46.

Tickets are available at or 866-967-8167. The box office is located at 1572 Highway 395 in Minden.

For more information, call 292-0939 or visit