Cash, coffins and bodies cause comedy mayhem

Published: Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 1:04 p.m.


What: Gainesville Community Playhouse production of Joe Orton comedy.

When: Preview performance 8 p.m. today, opens Friday and runs through Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Vam York Theater, 4039 NW 16th Blvd.

Tickets: $16, $5 for today's preview, at The Book Gallery West in Millhopper Shopping Center or at the theater one hour before each performance.

Info: 376-4949 or visit

In "Loot," the classic farce opening Friday at the Gainesville Community Playhouse, stolen loot may lead to a free-flowing cache of laughs.

"It's a straightforward social commentary on the corruption of power and money," director Gerald Brewington said. "Themes that are still very relevant today."

In Joe Orton's 1965 comedy, two young thieves, Hal and Dennis, rob a bank and stash the loot in the home of Hal's family.

When Detective Truscott begins snooping around, however, they stash the loot in the coffin of Hal's mother at the funeral home where Dennis works, and move her corpse into a nearby cabinet.

Their world turns hectic as Hal and Dennis decide where to move the body next.

As the undertaker Dennis, actor Jeff Nowlin makes a return appearance at the Gainesville Community Playhouse, where he has performed since 2000 in such productions as "Leading Ladies" and "See How They Run."

"I enjoy playing the character of Dennis," Nowlin said, who prefers acting in comedies more than other kind of play. "I hope the audience does too."

Brewington has been involved with the playhouse since 1984 with everything from acting to managing stage sets to directing.

Even though he has heard the lines countless times in "Loot," Brewington still laughs out loud at the play's satirical humor.

"It's good. It's real good," Brewington said during a rehearsal.

sc0122loot.jpgAaron Daye

Jacob Titterington plays Hal and Sarah Kingcade plays Fay in "Loot," which opens Friday at the Gainesville Community Playhouse.

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