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The Stone Arch Players reveal ‘Susan’s Secret’

LEWISTOWN — The Stone Arch Players’ newest production, “What is Susan’s Secret? An American Farce,” is slated to begin at the end of February.

The show opens Feb. 28 and continues with performances on Feb. 29, March 6, 7 and 8, and March 13, 14 and 15.

Tickets go on sale Monday. Reservations can be made by email to tickets4sap@gmail.com or by calling (717) 248-2224.

Reserved seating is recommended and there is some adult content.

Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. All performances are at Theatre in the Park at Kish Park. The play was written by by Michael and Susan Parker and is directed by Phyllis Johnson.

The Cider Mill Inn is an old, rustic and somewhat run down country inn owned and operated by an endearing elderly couple, Michael and Susan Edwards (played by Jim Shannon and Anita Rishel). At first they appear to be bordering on senility. We quickly learn however that they are very clever con artists, preying on their unsuspecting guests.

The characters vary from the world’s most boring man (his wife says he’s had charisma bypass surgery) to a young couple on their honeymoon. Audiences will fall in love with each of these distinctive characters, but especially the loving relationship between the two main characters, Michael and Susan, so touching that this play might be called a love story, if it wasn’t first and foremost a farce.

So, what is Susan’s secret? On this subject the authors remain silent, preferring instead to let the audience decide on the truth, which of course, in a Parker play, is only revealed in the last few seconds of the show.

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