Cast expects laughs from 'Rex's Exes'

REED CITY — Members of the Crossroads Theatre Guild are doing their best to bring laughter from the audience by preparing for their new production, "Rex's Exes," which is the sequel to the play they performed in November called "Red Velvet Cake War."

Audiences will be taken back into the lives of the Verdeen family in Sweetgum, Texas, where mishaps occur at every turn. A surprise birthday party turns into family funeral with a few surprise twists, a bounty hunter is on the trail of Rex himself, one of the family members becomes hypnotized and more. Chaos appears to follow the Verdeens wherever they go.

Play director Jan Renne believes those who saw “Cake War” will love “Rex’s Exes” just as much due to its comical story line.

The play will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 and 21, Saturday, Feb. 15 and 22, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 and 23. In case of inclement weather, the dates of Friday, Feb. 28, Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 will be used if original performance dates need to be cancelled.

Actors are reprising their roles for the production, as well as taking on new characters. This time, however, many are expanding those personalities.

David Johnson, who plays Aubrey Verdeen in the play, said he is enjoying rehearsals for “Rex’s Exes.” He said he feels like he and his fellow cast members are prepared to present a cast that audience members will embrace once more.

Crossroads Theatre Guild actor Darin Kohl plays Rex Belrose, who was a character not in “Cake War” because the man was presumed to be dead. Becoming Rex has been a fun venture for him. Kolh believes the audience will enjoy the production and hopes for a good turn out.

Tickets cost $10 and are available at the Reed City Chamber office located in the Depot or by calling (231) 734-9859. The performing arts center is located at 249 W. Upton Ave. in Reed City.