The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 31, 2013

The Valley Players Produce Neil Simon’s Comedy “Last of the Red Hot Lovers”


SUNBURY — The Valley Players are in rehearsal for its next dinner theater production, the classic Neil Simon comedy “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” The show will be performed Feb. 22-23 and March 1-2 at The Packer House, 24 N. 3rd St., Sunbury.

Seating is limited and reservations are required.

The story follows Barney Cashman, portrayed by Bob Taylor of Turbotville, who is middle-aged and married, overworked and overwrought. It’s the ’60s and he wants to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late and arranges three trysts that just don’t work out the way he expects, to hilarious results. The three women have very diverse personalities, so at least one should “mesh” with Barney, right? The first is Elaine, played by Lizz Hendricks of Northumberland, who proves to be a bundle of neuroses. Bobbi Michele is next, a young free-spirited actress portrayed by Lauren Rambo of Selinsgrove. And finally Jeanette, played by Melissa Laniewski of Selinsgrove, a gloomy housewife who just happens to be married to Barney’s best friend. This show’s director and producer is Joyce M. Hendricks of Northumberland, and will be stage-managed by Maggie Getkin of Sunbury.

The Packer House’s menu begins with Loaded Baked Potato Soup with Cheese and Bacon Topping. Entrée options include French Onion Pot Roast, and Chicken Cordon Bleu with Honey Mustard Glaze. The vegetarian option is Penne Cacciatore. For dessert, patrons will be served Vanilla Crème Brulee. The dinner and show are BYOB.

Reservations are required. For more information or to receive a ticket order form, contact director Joyce M. Hendricks at artdiva1@ptd.net or 898-5450.