What the world needs now, is laughs ... pure belly laughs. The kind of laughs that bring tears to your eyes. And that is just what Lincoln County Community Theater (LCCT) - the resident theater company of the Lincoln Theater - has in store for audiences with its upcoming production of “Women In Jeopardy” opening Thursday, June 17, live on stage.
It is often said that “laughter is the best medicine.” According to Scott Weems, cognitive neuroscientist and author of “Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why,”: “There's so much in the world that can make you laugh or cry, and it’s your choice which of those two to do.” Comedy provides us with an opportunity to take our minds off the difficult things that surround us in our day to day lives, and after the difficult year we have all endured, it is certainly time to lose ourselves in laughter. Laughing relieves tension and stress and is an important shared experience for bonding. There is just something about being in the same room as other people and hearing someone, or a group of people at once, start laughing. It’s contagious, and in a wonderful way.
The comedy “Women in Jeopardy!,” centers on three friends – three women who are mothers, who are divorced, and who all happen to enjoy a good “chardonnay Tuesday.” But when Liz (Christina Belknap) shakes things up by bringing her new boyfriend along for an evening with the girls, things quickly spiral out of control. Mary (Jennifer True) and Jo (Nanette Hennig Fraser) become obsessed with the need to solve a mystery and save their friend from her new relationship. Add to that two teenagers, Amanda (Mallory Adams) whose assets are NOT her SAT scores, and Trenner (River Carlyle) a snowboarder who is actively working out the kinks of young love. And to top it all off there’s the creepy, and I mean CREEPY, dentist and the all too serious police Sergeant (both played by Tom Handel). Add them all together and you’ve got three friends being pushed into questioning their relationships and their futures.
The laughs come fast and furious throughout “Women in Jeopardy!” It is a guarantee that at every rehearsal a cast member says, “I don’t know how I’m going to keep a straight face!” or “I can’t stop laughing at my own lines!” Of course, we know by the time the curtain goes up, these talented actors will have their laughs under control so that the audience is free to let loose with theirs. Or will they?
Join in on the fun Thursday, June 17 and Friday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 19 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 20 at 2 p.m.
Tickets, $15/adult, $13/theater Members, and $5/youth 18 and under, must be purchased in advance through www.lincolntheater.net