Laughs abound in Playhouse comedy

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By Rick Morwick

Facing the wrath of loan shark Pizza Face Petrillo, the Buckle brothers — who’ve squandered a fortune at the horse track — need money. Fast.  Their solution? One of them will assume the identity of their cousin, who is set to bank a huge inheritance.

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Problem is, the cousin is a nun, which makes the deception a bit dicier for Billy and Tom Buckle to pull off in the comedy “Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect,” which begins an eight-show run Jan. 17 at Westfield Playhouse, 1836 W. Ind. 32 in Westfield.

Presented by Main Street Productions, the show is directed by Jen Otterman, a former theater teacher at Hamilton Southeastern High School who directed the same production for HSE’s Thespian Troupe in 2009.

“The show offers uproariously funny slapstick humor,” said Otterman, a Noblesville resident. “It is just good, solid comedy that offers actors challenging comedic roles and provides audiences a couple of hours of delightful entertainment.”

Written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, the story centers on siblings Billy and Tom Buckle, who are heavily in debt to Pizza Face Petrillo, who wants his money and will resort to violence if he doesn’t get it.

During their quest to steal their cousin’s inheritance, and save their own skins, the brothers encounter a stuffy young lawyer, a boozy, man-hungry housekeeper and assorted beautiful women during a series of twists, turns and pratfalls.

“I hope the audiences are able to set the woes of daily life on the shelf for a couple of hours and enjoy the big belly laughs and nonsensical comedy,” Otterman said. “It is just the ticket for a delightful escape from the winter blues and the cares of today’s world.”

The eight-person cast features Joe Wagner (Billy Buckle), Brock Francis (Tom Buckle), Laura Jordan (Girl), Nikki Lynch (Jane), Chris Otterman (Robert Fryburger), Thom Johnson (Pizza Face Petrillo), Susan Hill (Virginia) and Audrey Caron (Miss Mackintosh).

For tickets and showtimes, visit westfieldplayhouse.org.

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