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‘Ripcord’ coming to local stage

January 10, 2019

These two new roommates don’t get along, at all.

Now a seemingly harmless bet quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship. That’s what area residents can expect when Platte Valley Playhouse’s latest production, “Ripcord,” takes center stage this weekend.

Shows are scheduled for today, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theater at Central Community College-Columbus, 4500 63rd St. Tickets cost $10. Call 402-564-7827 to reserve your seat.

A comedy written by David Lindsay-Abaire, the story takes place at a senior living facility. One day, resident Abby (Robin Ehrenberg) discovers she now has to share her room with new-arrival Marilyn (Carolyn Lippert).

Director Jamie Ferguson said the show is full of humor and unexpected surprises. After the two main characters get acquainted, the fun really beings.

“They make a bet about one not getting angry and one not getting scared. So it turns out it’s really a show about how people deal with anger and fear,” Ferguson said. “It’s about how they deal with that, and it’s funny along the way.”

Other cast members include Steven Jones, Eric Korus, Andy Alt, Lisa Nielsen, Gabi Manak and Bri Manak. Lippert said the cast is a good mix of old and new in a show full of laughs.

“The show is a nice blend of comedy and drama,” Lippert said. “It’s got a good ending, it wraps everything up. I do think it will surprise people a bit. It’s a little different than a lot of shows.”

Lippert has been performing with the playhouse for almost 30 years. The retired school teacher said the group’s membership has decreased over the years, something she hopes can reverse.

“The biggest change I’ve noticed is that there are fewer active members,” Lippert said. “More active people would be nice.”

Although the Manak sisters’ appearance in the play is brief, the two said they have greatly enjoyed the experience. Gabi and Bri got involved in the playhouse because of encouragement from their grandmother, Rita Perkins, of Platte Center.

“I love acting. I’ve always loved acting,” said Gabi Manak, who is a senior in high school.

Bri Manak is in the eighth grade and said she thinks the show is hilarious.

“I like the plot. It’s two old ladies bickering, so it’s really funny,” she said.

Ferguson has directed about 20 or so productions in the 30 years he’s been with the playhouse. He said the show is sure to be enjoyable for attendees.

“I think everyone can relate to the characters. I think they’ll find humor in it and I think they’ll find surprises,” Ferguson said. “Hopefully, there’ll be some understanding of how these characters deal with anger and fear and how people can relate to that.”

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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