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Patrick Roth looks forward to premiering Neil Simon's 'Rumors' in directorial debut

COURTESY PHOTO: SANDY ACTORS THEATRE - 'Rumors' by Neil Simon will premiere on Sept. 23 at Sandy Actors Theatre.It has been said that when Neil Simon wrote "Rumors" in the late 1980s, he was in need of some levity. Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic winds down, Sandy Actors Theatre director Patrick Roth thinks the company's audience could use a dose of humor, too.

On Friday, Sept. 23, Roth and cast will premiere their production of Simon's farcical feat. For those unfamiliar with "Rumors," think the 1985 movie "Clue" with Tim Curry, but add an incredibly humorous and confusing game of telephone.

Roth has acted with SAT off and on for the past 15 years and this will be his first time directing a show.

"(SAT) is home," Roth said. "SAT was the first theater I acted in. I've had a lot of mentors come from there."

With a background in clowning, Roth is a huge fan of slapstick comedy, which "Rumors" delivers.

Producing a Neil Simon play has also always been on Roth's bucket list.

"I love the fact that ("Rumors") is a farce, and it's got a lot of wit to it," Roth said. "My actors are able to portray that really well for being with a community theater."

With "Rumors," Roth is not only hoping to provide an evening of comedy, but entice new people to come out to Sandy.

"Neil Simon is a play worth going to," Roth added. "Especially coming out of the 'dark age,' a slapstick farce will be great."

"Rumors" does include language that Roth says might not be appropriate for children under the age of 14, so parent discretion is advised.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sunday, and the production runs from Sept. 23 through Oct. 16. Sandy Actors Theatre is located at 17433 S.E. Meinig Ave., Sandy.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $13 for children and $15 for veterans, first responders, students and senior citizens.

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Sandy Actors Theatre will also host a preview performance, accompanied by an art show by the Wy'East Artisans Guild, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. Tickets for the preview performance are $10 and are only available at the door.

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