‘Rumor’ has it, Inglemoor actors are a funny bunch

OK, sorry, the title of the play — “Rumors” — is a little misleading. Not to disappoint nosey moms and students, but this article isn’t going to delve into Inglemoor High’s latest gossip.

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2008 12:00am
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OK, sorry, the title of the play — “Rumors” — is a little misleading. Not to disappoint nosey moms and students, but this article isn’t going to delve into Inglemoor High’s latest gossip.

Inglemoor’s modest theater may not be as grandiose as that of other schools, but this holds little significance when the lights flick on to reveal the talent of Inglemoor’s young thespians.

“Rumors,” a play by Neil Simon and directed by Inglemoor students Bobbin Ramsey and Jonathan Yourzak, is the hilarious story of the New York deputy mayor’s 10th wedding anniversary party. Ironically, party hosts Charlie and Myra Brock are neither shown to the audience nor present at their own party.

The party brings four couples together. The Gormans (Amy Budwill and Luke Schab) are the first to arrive to find the house without servants, or hosts (unless you consider Charlie with a bullet wound in his earlobe a host). The Gormans immediately believe it to be a failed suicide attempt. A whirlwind of events follow as the Gormans attempt to prevent wives who can’t keep their mouths shut and short-tempered husbands from finding the truth. This proves disastrous; secrets can never be kept for long, especially when ditzy housewives are involved.

As if this weren’t enough, the next couple, the Ganzes (Janelle Abbott and Dan Christmas), bring their personal problems to the party, displaying their ditziness and short-tempers.

As the secret is revealed, the guests find themselves in somewhat of a pickle — what are these dumb wives and prominent men to do? They all have reputations to protect and can’t be affiliated with suicide.

As the couples are cooped up together in the living room of a house full of plush Victorian chairs with only bagged pretzels to eat, stress levels increase and chivalry is lost. Bodacious wife Cassie Cooper (Laurel Turnquist) seeks revenge on her unfaithful husband by “accidentally” slipping a few shocking words into the conversation leaving the entire living room in an uproar.

“Rumors” is by no means intellectually stimulating; it is dramatically silly, and I found myself laughing throughout the production. “Rumors” made me realize how ridiculous gossip is … but it’s so much fun to tell! The audience is able to relate to palaver — at least once everyone has felt the addictive rush of leaning into a circle of people gossiping. Rest assured, the convolutions of the story make an unpredictable ending that will leave an audience filled with dropped jaws.

Don’t worry if you missed this hilarious production — look out for Inglemoor’s upcoming production, “Cinderella.”

Elsa Watland is an Inglemoor High junior and participant in the Young Critics Workshop organized by Teen Tix through Seattle Center.

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