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Production promises to be 'hilarious' play

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Reading Community Players Chip Peters (kneeling) and (from left) Scott Brunk, Marla Somnis, Amy Stefferud, Kelli Brake, Wanda Larson and Bruce Brunk prepare for their upcoming production of the comedy "Whose Wives Are They Anyway" at the Community Center in Reading. Missing from photo are Karen and Tom Feit.

READING -- Girls, guys and golf go together in the Reading Community Players' dinner theater production of the farce "Whose Wives Are They Anyway?"

"It is so funny! It's just hilarious," said director Sandy Wood. "And there's a lot of action."

The play's plot is centered around golfing buddies and executives John (Bruce Brunk) and David (Scott Brunk), who go on a golfing outing together and meet their new boss (Karen Feit) on the course. The men have sent their wives (Marla Somnis and Amy Stefferud) on a shopping trip, but unfortunately, their new boss doesn't approve of any men who go on trips without their wives.

"These guys find themselves in a difficult predicament, and how are they going to get themselves out of it?" Wood said. "The audience knows almost immediately what's going on and the audience is in on it, and then trying to figure out how they are going to pull off their little shenanigans."

All eight cast members have onstage experience with the Reading Community Players, including the golf course manager (Wanda Larson), her helper Tina (Kelly Brake) and the handyman (Chip Peters).

Wood chose "Whose Wives" for the Reading group based on the recommendation of an acquaintance, read the play and found it would be perfect for her group.

"It is a very aggressive script for us... one of our biggest concerns was the staging, and how we could pull that off," Wood said.

After losing a few actors from previous years to family commitments, Wood found the eight-person cast of "Whose Wives" fit her group very well.

"Our group as a whole really feeds off of one another and they're really comfortable with each other," Wood said. "There are a lot of close-up tight scenes... they can pull those off with the humor that's needed. Practice is a riot every day."

Rehearsals for "Whose Wives Are They Anyway?" began in January, with cast members practicing three times weekly in the month before the production.

Dinner, catered by the Hi Lo Club of Lakefield, will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. on April 16, 17 18, 23 and 24 at the Reading Community Center in Reading.

To reserve tickets for the show, call 478-4260.