Sunday, January 17, 2010
Flat Rock Playhouse and Esmeraldas
Thursday June 20, 1991
Got up at 6:30 to leave at 7:30 for Dollywood, a 3 hour drive. It was raining as we left and so we quickly decided to come back to check the TV for weather. Not good! Change of plan. We undressed and went back to bed til 10:30.
I called Bobbi and said we'd go to Flat Rock Playhouse to see Neil Simon's "Rumors" with them. Frank drove us all. It was about an hour drive. The play was great! A matinee.
We stop at Esmeralda's for dinner in Chimney Rock. It's a wonderful gourmet meal! Foster insists on buying our dinner. We can't stop him. Our dinners were $15 each! Our new friends are quite religious and so nice. Later we go to their condo and visit til 11 p.m. We all vow to keep in touch. We'll visit them in Michigan, Florida and Georgia. They'll come to our house in January 1992.
Flat Rock Playhouse is the state theatre of North Carolina. It was founded in 1952 by Robroy Farquhar and his Company of Vagabond Players. What began as a few weeks of summer performances is now an eight month season of plays including world premieres and standard Broadway musicals, comedy, drama, and youth theatre. In 1961 by a Act of the North Carolina General Assembly, Flat Rock Playhouse was officially designated The State Theatre of North Carolina.
"Rumors" is a farcical play by Neil Simon. It opened on Broadway in 1988. At its start, several affluent couples gather in the posh suburban residence of a couple for a dinner party celebrating their host's tenth anniversary. When they arrive, they discover there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the host - the deputy mayor of New York City - has shot himself through the earlobe. Comic complications arise when, given everyone's upper class status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening's events from the local police and the media.