Actors Rosie Grypmas and Reg Parks perform in Theatre in the Country’s production of ‘Rumors,’ which continues in Langley City until Sept. 22. Supplied photo by Shannon Pauls

VIDEO: Theatre in the Country presents sophisticated farce ‘Rumors’

Dinner theatre event runs at Langley City venue Sept. 6 to 22

At a formal dinner party in New York to honour a prominent politician, everything that can go wrong does go wrong.

Between the kitchen staff going missing, a car accident, and someone being shot in the head, explanations only make each situation worse.

For the audience, this promises to be an evening of riotous fun; for the characters, a disaster.

Rumors, Neil Simon’s only farce, comes to life at Theatre in the Country in Langley Sept. 6 to 22.

Featured are Langley actors Rosie Grypma as Chris Gorman, and Thomas Smith as Glenn Cooper. Rounding out the cast and crew are Reg Parks (producer/ actor for character Ken Gorman), Marla Rae Todd (Claire Ganz), Paul Beckett (Lenny Ganz), John Tabak (Ernie Cusack), Emily Brown (Cookie Cusak), Rachel Stephens (Cassie Cooper), Michael Holman (Officer Welch), Charles Harris (director), Erin Parks (producer/front of house), Graham Coates (technical director) and Michaela Freeman (stage manager).

“We are excited about the opening of our latest show here at Theatre in the Country: Rumors by Neil Simon. It is especially poignant to be mounting this piece in light of Simon’s passing this past weekend (Aug. 26),” Reg Parks said in an email to the Times.

Rumors is the only true farce that Neil Simon ever produced. By his own admission he wrote it when he was at a low point in his life in the late p’80s and wanted to cheer himself up. It has been described as ‘pure entertainment,’ and as leaving the audience in a constant state of laughter. It rolls from one hilarious moment to the next, and doesn’t let up until the final line of the show.”

This is Theatre in the Country’s third production since it moved to downtown Langley from its former homes in Maple Ridge and Walnut Grove. The move allows the theatre company to accommodate twice the audience size as before.

Each show also has an option of a roast beef buffet beforehand. For tickets, call 604-259-9737 or visit

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