The Sunset Players will wrap up their 30th season with a production of “Pvt. Wars.” The show is a last-minute replacement for the planned comedy, “Harvey,” which had to be dropped when the community theatre group moved temporarily to the Dunham Recreation Center’s gymnasium after part of the complex’s theatre ceiling collapsed. “We couldn’t do ‘Harvey’ justice in the gym!” according to long-time Sunset Player member, Mike Burke, who is directing “Pvt. Wars.”
Burke directed a one-act version of the play by James McClure more than a decade ago, and when the group was looking for a replacement production this spring, he remembered the playwright had also written a two-act version of the show. “Being a play with a very simple setting, Sunset approved ‘Pvt. Wars’ for this spring,” Burke said.
The production features Joe Luckey, Ray Smith, and Jerry Yearout, as three Vietnam veterans in an Army hospital where they are recovering from their war wounds. The three men both torment and support each other as they heal and worry about the civilian world to which they will soon return.
“One thing I like about this play is that, on the surface, ‘Pvt. Wars’ seems to be a simple series of comic acts, but there are deeper layers concerning how these three mentally damaged veterans interact and become friends,” Burke noted. “I hope that people will think of and appreciate veterans of all of the wars when they see the play. And laugh, as it is a funny show.”
Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays, April 30 and May 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15, with all shows at 8:00 pm at the Dunham Recreation Center gymnasium in West Price Hill. Tickets are $9.00 for general admission and $8.00 for seniors, students, and groups, and are available by calling 513-588-4988. For more information about the show, visit the Sunset Players Web site.