Antics, puns from this colorful cast will slay you

Good Help Is So Hard to Murder comes to Tuscany on the Meadows in Citrus Hills.

Published October 20, 2006

Gulf Islands Civic Theatre rolls out the laughter and groaner puns in Good Help Is So Hard to Murder today through Sunday.

The play will be on stage at Tuscany on the Meadows in the Citrus Hills Lodge, County Road 486 in Citrus Hills.

The show stars Fran Barg and Dolores Elwood as Southern sisters. Beth Snyder is the maid, Dee Forsyth is the policewoman, Nancy Deutsch is Aunt Minnie, and Jeanne Loehle and Lillian Matos are the unusual neighbors. Socrates, the parrot, plays himself.

The sisters want to eliminate their maid because she knows all their secrets. A wacky local psychic warns her, and the plot begins to take comedic twists.

Kevyn Arms is the director.

The preshow party begins at 7 p.m. today and Saturday with a cash bar, appetizers and a chocolate fountain.

The play begins at 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Doors open at 3 with the play at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Ticket price of $16 includes appetizers, the chocolate fountain and the play. Reservations are required. Call 527-9061 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. today.

The backstage crew includes Bonita Martin, stage manager; Jane Smith, lights; Larry Blanken and Jane Smith, set construction and painting; Blanken and Jim LaGuidice, lighting design; Maxwell Forsyth, tech crew; Jane Smith and Kevin Arms, fliers and tickets; Dianne DeRosia, poster art; and Jeri Augustine, publicity.

This production marks the opening of the 30th season for Gulf Islands. While the organizers have no pretense of being the most successful theater group in Citrus County in strictly financial terms, they have the quiet pride of knowing they have endured for 30 years in the tough world of show business.

Moving from one place to another for the past three decades, with no permanent stage, Gulf Islands has put on plays in venues ranging from a Quonset hut at a Homosassa campground to the 1,200-seat Curtis Peterson Auditorium in Lecanto.

The actors have found another home in the banquet room of Tuscany on the Meadows. Let's hope the audience continues to support their long-running act.

Jorge Sanchez covers arts and entertainment in Citrus. Contact him at sanchez@sptimes.com or 352860-7313 or toll-free at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 7313.