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On Stage: Faulkner & Co. load up the laughs in Neil Simon play

The Scene/Matt Hinshaw<br>
Officer Welch, played by Loring Snyder (right), talks to Glen Cooper, played by Michael Sollazzo, in a scene from the new PFAA play “Rumors” Monday night in Prescott.

The Scene/Matt Hinshaw<br> Officer Welch, played by Loring Snyder (right), talks to Glen Cooper, played by Michael Sollazzo, in a scene from the new PFAA play “Rumors” Monday night in Prescott.

What do you get when a high-profile figure shoots himself and his friends all try to cover for him?

Disaster - but a wacky one - in the Prescott Fine Arts Association production of Neil Simon's "Rumors."

"Rumors" opens this weekend under the deft whodunit direction of Randy Faulkner with Film professor Ernest Giglio co-directing.

The comedy takes place at the home of New York City Vice Mayor Charley Brock and his wife, Myra. The Brocks have invited four couples to an anniversary party at their home, but Charley has apparently shot himself - through the earlobe.

The incident and his wife's disappearance has put the first couple showing up at their home, Brock's attorney Ken Gorman (Sean Jeralds) and his wife Chris (Joanne Robertson), in a near panic where they fail to conceal the shooting to the other guests as they arrive.

Brock's accountant Lenny Ganz (Bruce Thomson) and his wife Claire (Linda Miller) have wrecked their new car on the way to the party, leaving Ganz suffering from whiplash and Claire playing with phonetics ("I thought you said Ken, Glen and Len were all men!").

Following are Cookie Cusack (Morgan Petersen), a TV cooking show host crawling on the floor from back spasms, and her doctor husband Ernie (Carl Kennedy).

Glen Cooper (Michael Sollazzo), a state senate candidate, shows up bickering with his wife Cassie (Liz Turner) about alleged extramarital affairs.

Nobody can keep their stories straight in an increasingly convoluted mess as Officers Welch (Loring Snyder) and Pudney (Amber Bosworth) show up to investigate.

As with last season's "Accomplice," Faulkner has assembled a great cast that appears to have as much fun performing as the audience does watching.

"Rumors" shows at the Prescott Fine Arts Theater, 208 N. Marina St., at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 29 and on March 1, 6, 7 and 8, with 2 p.m. matinees on March 2 and 8.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $11 for children 12 and under. Matinee prices are $12 for adults and $8 for kids.