'Smoke & Mirrors,' a farcical comedy at Dunes

Photo by Andy NealDavid Cowan as Clark and RJ Cecott as Derrick in the comedy "Smoke and Mirrors" at Dunes Summer Theatre.


MICHIGAN CITY — It's set on an isolated island and features a power-hungry movie mogul bent on murder.

It's the latest production of Dunes Summer Theatre, and according to organizers, reads like a collaboration between playwright Noel Coward and mystery writer Agatha Christie. Titled "Smoke & Mirrors," this farcical comedy, written by Anthony Herrera and Will Osbourne, opens at Dunes Summer Theatre on May 31 with a three-weekend run.

According to a press release from Dunes, "Smoke & Mirrors" takes audiences to an isolated island off the Mississippi gulf coast where a power-hungry film producer/director proves he will stop at nothing to kill off the insufferable star actor of his multimillion-dollar film. All goes as planned until a wily, eccentric sheriff unearths one surprise after another. The theatre promises this mystery comedy will keep audiences guessing to the last act.

Local Michigan City area actors Eileen Long (Barbara the publicist) and Jeffrey Baumgartner (Hamilton the Director) are joined by Atlanta actor David Cowan (Clark the eccentric writer) and Chicago actors Colin Bowles (Sheriff) and RJ Cecott (the self-absorbed movie star).

The play runs May 31 through June 16 on Fridays/Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Season Tickets and individual show tickets are now on sale. General admission is $20; seniors/students $18. For more information, visit www.dunesartsfoundation.org or call the Box Office at 219-879-7509.

Dunes Summer Theatre is operated by the Dunes Arts Foundation a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. Founded in 1951, it is currently celebrating its 68th season of continuous operation. This “gem in the woods” provides quality professional theatre and education programs in an enchanting setting.

Dunes Summer Theatre is located at 288 Shady Oak Dr., Michigan City.

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