Chip Bohle and Chuck Wilkins play clueless duck hunters Duwell and Duane in the Mitch Albom comedy "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel." The play opens at the Market House Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 and runs through Jan. 20.
Brothers Duane and Duwell get more than they bargained for when, instead of a duck, they shoot what they think is an angel in Market House Theatre’s upcoming production of “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel.”
When East Coast tabloid The Weekly World and Globe gets wind of the pair’s plight, the publication’s editor sends a cynical journalist, Sandy (Steve Schwetman), and a reluctant photographer, Lenny (Jeremy Teague), to Alabama to investigate. The result is a farce that director Ross Daniels described as hilarious on the outside, but with a deeper message at the core.
Daniels said the script deals with loss, redemption, and prejudice in a comedic way that audiences will find uplifting.
“It’s a very warm play about finding one’s inner angels in life,” he said.
Daniels praised the script by Mitch Albom — author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” — for its humor and the quality of its writing.
“The actors respond to good writing; the audience responds to good writing. You’re just always ahead when you have a good script,” he said.
Chip Bohle, who plays the role of Duwell, said he appreciates how the writer addresses misconceptions about race, region and levels of education.
“The humor is done very well by (Albom). He doesn’t do it to make fun of those groups. He does it to show that the prejudices really aren’t fair. And that’s the real message in the show,” he said.
Bohle said the play’s positive message will appeal to audiences, and may offer a change of pace from the negativity pervading popular media.
“Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” opens Jan. 10 and runs through Jan. 20, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. The play contains some strong language and is not recommended for viewers 12 or younger.
Tickets cost $19 for adults and $16 for students 21 and younger. An additional matinee at 2:30 on Saturday, Jan. 19, offers a $16 price for all tickets.
Tickets can be ordered by calling the Market House Theatre box office, 270-444-6828, from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. They are also available online at www.mhtplay.com.
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