Farcical whodunnit takes the stage this weekend in downtown FM


FORT MADISON – If you haven’t been to the Old Fort Players since they hit 40 years plus one this year, this should be the show you go to.

The OFP players put on “As Long As We Both Shall Live” with curtains going up starting Friday at 7:30 p.m. There is also a Saturday 7:30 p.m. show and a Sunday 2 p.m. show. The encore will be Oct. 15-17 at the same times.

The theater couldn’t celebrate 40 years last year due to the pandemic lockdown, so they are celebrating their 41st anniversary this year with shows in the fall, winter and spring.

But this month’s folly is a funny whodunnit with the backdrop of a couple who falls in love at a chance meeting over a car repair.

Michael Reed Randolph plays bumbling Rev. Mountain in this weekend’s fall OFP production. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC

The storyline jumps to the couple’s wedding where a lush mother-in-law has it in for the bride-to-be, a southern belle who scores a perfect SAT and is a the wrong target for a scam.

Sydney Amberger plays Addison Ashe in the six scene, two act farse. Ashe dotes on the groom after she helps him get his car running after a minor break down. The smitten couple then have to deal with a Richar Abel’s Mrs. Wilcox, the matriarch nipper who will do anything to protect her son, and more importantly the family fortune.

But things get out of sorts when a wedding…

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