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June 12, 2014

'Flaming Idiots'

Actors ready to perform comedy

Audiences should prepare for a weekend of gut-busting laughter that will have them rolling on the floor.

The Lincoln Park Theatre Company will present its second-ever farcical comedy, “Flaming Idiots,” in celebration of its 10 year anniversary. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, but audiences are welcome to attend dress rehearsals today. Admission is free.

The comedy was written by Tom Rooney and has been previously performed by Danville’s Red Mask Players with much success.

“This show is a laugh a minute,” said director Ron Soderstrom. “Each character will push the envelope way to the outer edge of sanity.”

Soderstrom portrays the lead character, Phil, alongside Edison schoolteacher Jim Rodgers who plays the role of Carl, Phil’s best friend. The goofy duo is working together in a post office when their entrepreneurial spirit inspires them to open a restaurant called “Phil’s Place.”

Many of the restaurant’s customers are being lost to a local diner named “Zippy’s” because of a mobster murder that had recently taken place. Carl and Phil’s lack of judgment as they struggle to find a way to regain customers leads to utter chaos and confusion that involves a dead body, a hit-man, a deaf and dumb chef, and a frisky policeman.

Other characters in the cast include Ernesto, Task, Eugene, Jane, Bernadette, and Louie.

Eugene and Task are played by Westville students D.J. Nourie and Damon LaMar. Danville High School graduate Andrew Puhr is playing the role of Ernesto. Ann Soderstrom is playing the role of Jane, and Steve Nourie is portraying Louie.

Lincoln Park Theatre Company has produced “Cats” and “Alice in Wonderland,” among others, since it started in 2005.

Larry and Rhea Ann Weatherford and Julius W. Hegeler II have been major contributors to the company’s initial success, but now it relies mostly on donors, businesses and advertisements.

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