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Simon play at Valhalla Boathouse Theater

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Dan Thrift/Tahoe Daily TribuneThe cast of Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" features, from left, front, Michelle Allen as Jennie Malone and Jason Mason as George Schneider. In the back are Doug Midkiff, who portrays Leo Schneider and Carlita Penaherrera who plays Faye Medwick.
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The Valhalla Players will present a hysterical performance of Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31 at the Valhalla Boathouse Theater.

George Schneider, a writer whose wife has recently died, returns to a lonely apartment. His younger brother, Leo, a theatrical agent and born matchmaker, tries to snap George out of his emotional tailspin by supplying him with unwanted — and unsuccessful — dates. Then Leo comes up with Jennie Malone and she’s a winner. Still, it’s a rocky road ahead for the not-so-young-lovers. George struggles with contradictory impulses to embrace a new life, but remain faithful to the old. George and Jennie stumble on, tripping over George’s pent-up emotions and Jennie’s wariness born of her recent marital fiasco. In a hilarious, farcical subplot, Leo has a fling with Faye, Jennie’s dizzy, neurotic and married friend.

The cast includes Jason Macy as George Schneider, Michelle Allen as Jennie Malone, Carlita Penaherrera as Faye and Doug Midkiff as Leo.



“Macy and Allen are superior at conveying the awkwardness between two people who don’t want to rush into a new relationship, but cannot help feeling an intellectual and emotional connection. The chemistry is some of the best I’ve seen. Their interactions are always rhythmic and they, under the director of Stan Bautista, deliver lines with impeccable comedic timing, so that no nuance is missed,” from a review by Miranda Jesch in the Reno News & Review.

Admission is $14 general, $12 seniors and $7 for youths under 12 years of age. For more information call (530) 542-4166.


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