WilsonvilleSTAGE to perform comedic farce 'Flaming Idiots' at three venues in or near Wilsonville

SPOKESMAN PHOTO: COREY BUCHANAN - Phil, played by Jeff Ekdahl (left), and Carl, played by Gary Anderson, open a restaurant in WilsonvilleSTAGEs showing of Flaming Idiots. When he published the script to the play "Flaming Idiots," first performed as an off-Broadway play in 1992, Tom Rooney dedicated it to none other than WilsonvilleSTAGE Director Terry Kester.

Kester helped Rooney hone the script and became the show's director when Rooney moved from the area. Now, decades later, Kester's bringing the performance to Wilsonville.

"It's hilarious," Kester said.


What: Flaming Idiots


¦ 7:30 p.m., May 17-19 at Cutsforth's Old Town Hall 225 N.E. Second Avenue, Canby  

¦ 7:30 p.m., May 24-25 at Meridian United Church of Christ, 6750 Boeckman Road, Wilsonville  

¦ 7:30 p.m., May 27-29 at Charbonneau Country Club,  32000 SW Charbonneau Drive, Wilsonville

Admission: Tickets available at

The play is about two post office workers named Phil and Carl who decide to open a restaurant. They don't know what they're doing and end up hiring a deaf and mute chef who can't cook and a money-laundering dishwasher and are eventually forced to hide a dead body.

"They (Phil and Carl) make every mistake known to man," Kester said.

Kester said "Flaming Idiots" is the first farce he has directed since joining WilsonvilleSTAGE, and it moves at a rapid pace and is void of dull moments.

"The thing I like about the script is it just moves like that," he said. "That's the genius of a really good farce."

The cast is comprised of actors with varying degrees of experience. Kester said every cast member is unique and their authenticity enhances the production.

"They're really unique in their style, their appearance, their action, their voice, which is really what makes it exciting," he said.

According to Kester, acting in a farcical play is harder

than the most spellbinding drama.

"It requires a lot of concentration, a lot of discipline and it's like, every time anyone says something, someone else says something that's either opposed to it or not related at all," Kester said. "It's exhausting for the actors. I'm really grateful and somewhat envious. I wish I had the energy

and the memory to be in a farce because they're so much fun."

The set includes fives doors — which characters constantly dart in and out of — a freezer, a counter and a table. Wilsonville Stage designed the set and must build it over again when moving to each venue.

"You have to be on your toes," Kester said.

Kester's favorite scene in the play is when Phil finds out that Ernesto is laundering money and Ernesto subsequently crawls off stage in embarrassment.

"He does the greatest crawl I think I've ever seen," Kester said.

Kester said those looking for a cathartic laugh should attend one of WilsonvilleSTAGE performances.

"It (the entertainment) is really in the chaos and the passion and the desires and the mistakes," Kester said. "It's absolutely uplifting. I'm laughing every rehearsal."

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