Tyler Thespians Present 'Farce of Nature'


The new year brings new laughs as the Tyler Civic Theatre pulls the curtain for Farce of Nature to be staged January 8-17.

The non-stop hilarity of this southern-fried farce highlights one day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas. Meet D. Gene Wilburn, the owner and proprietor of the Reel 'Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. Well, it used to be, but lately business is down, tourists are few, and the lone guest who's just checked in—an extremely jittery Carmine DeLuca from Chicago—is only there due to a location shift in the Witness Protection Program.

Many colorful characters add to the storyline. There’s D. Gene's frustrated wife, Wanelle, who's fed up with their lackluster romantic life. She's taken drastic steps to improve it through hypnotic suggestion. D. Gene's feisty sister Maxie has her own problems, chief among them battling ageism to resume her career in law enforcement. She's determined to prove her worth by keeping Carmine DeLuca alive through the weekend.

Maxie never anticipated the gangster Camine's been dodging for the last five years, Sonny Barbosa, is about to walk through the door, in hot pursuit of his sexy wife, Lola. Seems the headstong Lola has driven hundreds of miles to the lodge to follow her boytoy, D. Gene and Wanelle's son Ty. But Lola meets her match in Ty's seemingly innocent girlfriend, Jenna, whose patience has reached the breaking point after months of waiting for Ty to come home.

In the deliciously funny romp that ensues, they all hide, lie, disguise themselves, cross-dress, and slam doors chasing one another, while trying to figure out the source of an increasingly awful stench. By then it's too late and the lodge is surrounded by vicious critters and hungry varmints that have followed the odor down from the hills. Yet by the delightfully chaotic climax of this one outrageous day, love blossoms, truths are revealed, and the lives of all—family, guests, and gangsters alike—change in incredible and surprising ways.

The production’s cast includes old favorites and new faces as well. The cast includes Ray Deal as D. Gene, Carol Leos as Wanelle, Judy Griffin as Maxie, Jack Ragland as Ty, Jenna Parks as Jenna, Jamey Whitley as Carmine, and Amanda Spangler as Lola.

Show dates are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays from January 8 to 16, 2:30 p.m. on Sunday January 10 and 17, and one Thursday performance at 7:30 p.m. January 14.

Tickets are $18 adults and $15 for students. More information is available at http://tylercivictheatre.com/production/2015-2016/farce-of-nature

Tyler Civic Theatre Center is at 400 Rose Park Drive (next to Tyler Rose Garden Center), Tyler.

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