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The 2nd ACT performs 'Love Thy Neighbor" Dec. 1-3

If you go What: "Love Thy Neighbor" When: Thursday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 3 Where: The Arts Center, 115 2nd St. SW Tickets: $30 for Jamestown Fine Arts Association members and $35 for nonmembers with dinner included. Tickets must be purc...

The 2nd ACT will perform "Love Thy Neighbor" Dec. 1-3 at The Arts Center. The comedy is a farce about neighbors. John M. Steiner / The Sun
The 2nd ACT will perform "Love Thy Neighbor" Dec. 1-3 at The Arts Center. The comedy is a farce about neighbors. John M. Steiner / The Sun

If you go

What: "Love Thy Neighbor"

When: Thursday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 3

Where: The Arts Center, 115 2nd St. SW

Tickets: $30 for Jamestown Fine Arts Association members and $35 for nonmembers with dinner included. Tickets must be purchased in advance; call the Arts Center, 251-2496.

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Info: Dinner catered by Emma Rosie's Homecookin' is at 6 p.m., followed by the play

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Have you ever wanted to snoop on your new neighbors? Then The 2nd ACT has a production you may find interesting.

The community theater group is performing a dinner theater production of "Love Thy Neighbor," a farce that includes twists and turns.

Lori Dorr, the play's director, said the plot of "Love Thy Neighbor" is fairly simple.

"It's about what happens when there is a house for sale and you're not sure what kind of people you want next door," she said. "Perhaps you don't want any (new neighbors)."

In the play, Leona Krump, played by Chris Sheppard, is concerned about her new neighbors and watches them through her binoculars. Dorr said the local real estate agent, other people in the community and Krump's new neighbors come up with a plan to change Krump's opposition.

Dorr said she wanted to have The 2nd ACT perform this play as it was written by Gary Ray Stapp, the man who wrote "The Trouble with Cats," which the theater group performed two years ago.

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"It ('The Trouble with Cats') was very popular here," she said.

"Love Thy Neighbor" requires a big cast, so there are cast members playing two characters, and there are two roles played by two different people because of time issues.

Dorr said the play is "a twisting, turning upheaval of events on an ongoing basis."

Sarena Ebel and Darin Hassel are each playing two characters. They both work at James River Correctional Center and became part of The 2nd ACT for similar reasons-the need for something different in their lives.

Ebel said her husband was hit by a car and suffered a traumatic brain injury. She said she went through a lot of struggles and needed "something positive and bright" in her life. She found it by taking part in The 2nd ACT production of "The Trouble with Cats."

"It (joining the play) definitely served its purpose," Ebel said. "My husband has been very supportive. It was a nice, little way to get away from the drama that was going on then."

Ebel plays Judy, a sweet and naive neighbor who dotes on Krump. She also plays Bambi, a character who "talks with her body."

Hassel said he auditioned for "The Trouble with Cats" because he wasn't doing much other than working and was isolating himself. He said he hadn't done a theater production and taking part in a play was "on my bucket list."

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"I wanted to do a play in front of people, to be in a production," he said.

Hassel plays Turner, who is a very forward person and doesn't take "no" for an answer. Of the second character he is playing, he described him only as "interesting."

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