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Lumiere Players perform string of one-act comedies

From Mayflies to 'Old Folks,' the Tualatin acting troupe is focused on love
by: Jennifer Clampet, A BUZZ WITH COMEDY — Lumiere Players actors Mason Hall and Gillian Stratton get into their characters for the short play “Time Flies.”

TUALATIN - They'll be short, they'll be poignant, and most importantly they'll be funny.

Starting this weekend the Lumiere Players will present 'Luv and All the Good Stuff,' a night of one-act comedies, at the Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 S.W. Sweek Drive. The production honors Don Sky, a Lumiere Players member who passed away last year. 'Luv and all the good stuff' was Sky's signature sign off for e-mails and letters.

An evening stuffed with one-act plays typically fails to draw a robust attendance. The die-hard theater fans will still stroll into the production, but for most people the idea of a string of short plays performed back to back isn't enticing.

But this night should be the exception, said Nancy Wellman, a member of Lumiere Players and one of four directors for the production.

From a couple of Mayflies grappling with the idea of their purpose in life to meet, mate, have offspring and die in 24 hours to a marriage ceremony wrought with a groom's harsh assessment of his bride-to-be's assets, all of the plays have three things in common.

'They're dialogue-strong comedies, and each play has something to do about love,' Wellman said.

The production includes seven one-act or short plays directed by Lumiere Players members Wellman, Dan Hobbs, Norma Ashley and Mason Hall.

The performances will run April 25 and 26 and May 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and April 27 and May 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door or can be reserved by calling 503-691-7879 or 503-692-5050.

As Hall and Gillian Stratton buzzed around stage in their Mayfly costumes - bottle-cap glasses for bug eyes and springy antenna headbands - snickers of laughter escaped from the cast offstage as the duo practiced their antennae-rubbing mating rituals. Even though some of the plays have been long-time favorites of the acting troupe, the dialogue, characters and antics still get laughs.

And as the actors quickly left the stage to make way for the next performance - all actors will wear simple black outfits and perform with limited props to make way for quick set changes - Stratton took to the stage again this time wearing a bridal veil and smacking her gum.

'(The comedy) just keeps going. It just keeps going,' Wellman said.

At a glance

What: 'Luv and All the Good Stuff'

When: April 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m.

Where: Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 S.W. Sweek Drive