Van Wert Civic Theatre

Box office open for Cahoots

Note: The January 19 and 20 (Sat and Sun) performances have been canceled due to poor travel conditions.  You do not want to miss this show.  Cahoots is a brilliantly written thriller farce that will Cahoots_ColorCMYKkeep audiences wondering what happens next while wondering what this play is really supposed to be.  Is it funny? Tragic? Do I love these characters? Are they evil or just being real?   Jon Hodges has assembled a stellar cast that will throw you against the back wall with the power and realness of the acting.  VWCT is so pleased to have Jon with us for his VWCT directing debut.  Jon is a veteran of the stage but has never directed for us.

This thriller farce happens in the Manhattan high rise apartment of Ken and Jan, where Jan and her friend Lois are setting up for a dinner party before attending a neighborhood crime watch meeting. Lois’s husband Al, who is obsessed with crime prevention, impersonates a masked burglar and breaks into the apartment. A growing antagonism between Al and Ken comes to a head over dinner, and, at the end of the first scene, Ken kills Al with an oversized pepper mill. The problem then becomes what to do with the body, a dilemma which is complicated when a security guard arrives at the door, attempts to blackmail the accomplices, and, well, has to be killed.

The cast for this wonky romp into the delights of murderous friendship is Sarah Glover as Jan Miller, Ed Eichler as Ken Miller, Christa Manning as Lori Sheilds, Jon Hodges as Al Shields, and Courtney Wendel as Alana Grant.   (Note: This show portrays violence and contains adult language). 

The show dates are January 17, 18, 19, 20*, 24, 25, 26, 27*.  Thursday – Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. with Sunday shows beginning at * 2 p.m.  Tickets are $13 at the door (cash and check only).  To make a reservation call 419-238-9689 Monday – Saturday from 2 – 6 p.m, or just show up 20 minutes before the show… we will have a seat for you.