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B'ville Theatre Guild's comedy of confusion

A few memorable moments bring each performer into the spotlight, however, as when Boivin punctuates a punch line with her bare shoulder, or when Ballou's character suffers a gut-wrenching body-spasm, or when LaCasse's shrink blurts out an 82-word account of a kitchen accident.

Strodel turns on her curvaceous charms when Cassie tries to beat Glenn at his own cheating game. As Glenn, the state senate candidate, Wright nearly steals the show with an understated performance relying on warmth rather than wackiness.

Baker's Lenny Ganz may hem and haw but he takes charge when necessary, and Baker creates a multi-dimensional character in a one-dimensional milieu.

Dawson drew laughs with several deadpan lines (i.e. "Actually we don't talk that much"). As her easily excitable husband, Taylor complements Dawson's quiet grace. Taylor's machine-gun delivery threatened to shoot holes in the exposition, but in the second act after his character suffers temporary deafness, he displays deft timing. Whenever he responds to incorrectly heard information, the audience goes crazy.

Good guilders

The two police officers arrive toward the end of Act 2 like a low-rent deus ex machina. Jay Burris as Officer Welch observes, "We gotta lotta cartoon humor in this piece, don't we?" His partner, played by Stephanie Long, certainly agrees, as do BTG audiences.

Producer Steve Borek should take note: This show proves that Simon and BTG are made for each other!

Nobody knows funny business like Neil Simon and nobody knows how to put on a comedy like B'ville's good guilders. Broadway's best-selling scribe and Central New York's longest-extant theater troupe make for a winning combination. And that's no rumor!

"Rumors" will continue at the Presbyterian Education Center, at 64 Oswego St., at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday March 7 and 8, at 3 p.m. Sunday March 9, and 7:30 p.m. March 14 and 15. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for students and $12 for seniors at the Sunday matinee only; 635-7382, or baldwinsvilletheatreguild.org.

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