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Published: Thursday, 1/24/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

Fremont troupe presents heavy issues with a light touch

BY JULIE NJAIM
BLADE STAFF WRITER
From left, Jason Kramer and Jeff Buchanan in a scene from "Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grill." From left, Jason Kramer and Jeff Buchanan in a scene from "Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grill."
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FREMONT -- Bar patrons react to their belief that the world is coming to an end this weekend as Fremont Community Theatre presents Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille.

"We all look at things like romance and religion and attitudes and we all come at that from a different place. Each character kind of shows you one of those perspectives," said director Linda Bower. "I think there is always somebody in the audience who can identify with somebody on stage and say, 'Yeah, that's how I would react.' It's a more humorous way to tell a very serious story."

Jason Kramer as Shep, the bartender, and Lauren Meyer as Shirley, a thieving barmaid, are serving a multitude of characters. The cast includes Jeff Buchanan as Roy, Shep's mechanic friend; Tim Bolton as Willy, the former bar owner and murderer; Scott Havice as Bullard, a traveling salesman looking for a bomb shelter, and Hilary Frater, as Virginia, a teacher. In walks Michael PJ Foos as Joe, who offers Shep and Virginia salvation.

This Bruce Graham drama/comedy set in small-town America has adult-based themes that are not appropriate for children, Bower said. She believes its timely subject matter will give audiences much to ponder.

"My hope is that they have a good time watching it and go home thinking about it afterwards and think about their own lives and what's important."

"Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille" will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 3 at Fremont Community Theatre, 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Information: 419-332-0695 or fremontcommunitytheatre.org.

Helping Sisters

The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe and Monroe County Community College will present a screening Friday of Band of Sisters at the college.

This documentary chronicles the life of Catholic sisters' sheltered convent life before the second Vatican Council and their journey into social causes worldwide. The film travels with sisters who mission as organic farmers, holistic health care practitioners, environmental attorneys, peace activists, and more.

In a news release the film's director and producer, Mary Fishman, said, "In the face of obstacles and threats cast by government agencies, the military, and the hierarchy of their own church, the forward-thinking U.S. nuns are on a mission of love, and it appears that nothing can stop them. A film that shows the sisters as they are, Band of Sisters is a deeply moving story of inspiration and hope for people of all faiths."

The film features several Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters and portions of it were filmed in the Motherhouse in Monroe.

"Band of Sisters" will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday in the La-Z-Boy Center Meyer Theater at Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe. Tickets are $8. Information: 734-384-4272 or http://bandofsistersmovie.com.

Nobodies Comedy

TIFFIN -- The Ritz Theatre will feature five not-so-familiar comedians Saturday in its winter season of the Nobodies of Comedy.

They include Jill-Michele Melean, whose television appearances include HBO's Hot Tamales, Fox's MadTV, and Til Death. Tony Deyo's clean comedy has been showcased at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival. Chris Doucette has written jokes for Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch and headlined at colleges and on cruise ships. Also appearing are Renee Gauthier and Jamie Lissow.

The Nobodies of Comedy show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin. Tickets are $10-$25. Information: 419-448-8544 or ritztheatre.org.

Contact Julie Njaim at: jnjaim@theblade.com.



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