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May 9, 2013

Death by theater

Ghostlight Theatre presents comedy 'Final Notice'


Tonawanda News — Props go astray. Costumes are askew. Dialogue is a disaster. And one technician decides to put the whole theater system on The Clapper.

“We talk about the play being a series of bad decisions,” Swartz said. “And that’s one of them. The set is dreadful. There are mishaps. ... The first 20 minutes, it’s just bad theater.”

Husband and wife Mark and Carolyn Woomer play Chris and Meg Thompson, the husband and wife team who run the fictional theater group. Carolyn Woomer said that she’s having “an absolute ball” with the show, and enjoying the challenges of the genre.

“Comedy is its own kind of thing. ... It has its own timing and rhythm and it depends on the audience you have,” she said. “Because of that, it’s very rewarding when you get it right. It’s really fun to just throw caution to the winds and just go over the top. In life, you don’t get to be like that. You really have to go for it. Because if you hold back, it really falls flat.”

The screwball nature of the show’s beginning — and all the things that go wrong — can lead to issues of its own. Real mistakes made during the first 20 mistakes can be mistaken for fictional mistakes ... but mistakes after that are painfully obvious.

Mark Woomer, who plays director Chris Thompson, agreed.

“The first 20 minutes, you can make mistakes, because mistakes are being made,” he said. “Now you’re playing life. That’s the hardest part, because sometimes your mind isn’t going with you.”

“Final Notice” also features Paul Moukperian, Jesse Swartz, Jessica Knoerl, Sharon Priest, Kathy Ellis and Dan Torres. The show will also be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 17, 18, 24 and 25 and 2 p.m. May 26.

Tickets may be reserved at or by calling the theater at 743-1614.

IF YOU GO • WHAT: "Final Notice," a comedy written and directed by L. Don Swartz • WHEN: 7 p.m. today; 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 17, 18, 24 and 25; 2 p.m. May 26 • WHERE: Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda • TICKETS: $14, $12 for veterans, students and seniors. Tickets may be reserved at or by calling the theater at 743-1614.

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