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ALT’s ‘Rumors’ promises to be a wild ride

Michelle Roe, Joel Miller, Fawn Hanson, Dehron Foster, Ronda Lewis, Matt Heath, Stephanie Larragoite and David Bello star in Neil Simon's "Rumors." (Courtesy of Randy Talley)

Michelle Roe, Joel Miller, Fawn Hanson, Dehron Foster, Ronda Lewis, Matt Heath, Stephanie Larragoite and David Bello star in Neil Simon’s “Rumors.” (Courtesy of Randy Talley)

Leave your logic at the door.

Neil Simon’s “Rumors” is a farce with all of the chaos the term describes – slammed doors, lightning pacing and ludicrous plot lines.

The Albuquerque Little Theatre will present Simon’s 1988 comedy beginning Friday, April 19.

Four nouveau riche couples gather in a swanky Manhattan townhome for the deputy mayor’s 10th anniversary party dressed in formal finery.

The trouble is, no one can find the guests of honor.

The deputy mayor’s lawyer Ken and his wife, Chris, arrive first, only to find the politico bleeding in an upstairs bedroom.

“The husband is upstairs and he’s been shot in the earlobe,” director Henry Avery said. “They try to cover it up and of course it gets worse and worse.”

Soon all the party guests are desperate to hush up the scandal. Earlier guests struggle to keep the secret from later attendees. Confusion and miscommunication reigns.

The police arrive and the group insists they heard nothing because the music was turned up too loud. Then they start impersonating their wounded host.

“It’s one of the funniest shows I’ve ever done,” Avery said. “I did it about 25 years ago when it was first released. It sounds silly, but when you see it, it’s great fun.”

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