The Vanity Theater’s spring play, “Rumors,” opens this weekend. Written by Neil Simon, the comedy is described by the New York Post as “light, frothy and fun.”
Simon wrote “Rumors” at a very difficult time in his life. The script was his first attempt at a farce, a special kind of comedy that entertains the audience through highly exaggerated and improbable situations, where entrances and exits are timed perfectly to enhance the humor. “Rumors” premiered in San Diego, Calif., in September 1988 and quickly made its way to debut on Broadway in November of the same year.
The “Rumors” stage is set for a high-society dinner party to celebrate the 10th wedding anniversary of Deputy Mayor Charlie Brock and his wife, Myra, in their New York City home. Four couples are looking forward to the invitation for an enjoyable evening of elegant company in a lavish townhouse. Unfortunately, things turn sticky as the host lies bleeding from a superficial gunshot wound, and his wife is nowhere to be found. As each couple arrives, the evening spins off into classic hilarity as miscommunications mount and stories are woven.