Guild prepares for 'Rex's Exes'

Production is sequel to 'Cake War'

REED CITY — Riding the success of “Red Velvet Cake War,” members of the Crossroads Theatre Guild is preparing for the play's sequel, called “Rex’s Exes.”

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.

"'Cake War' was well attended. We had a standing ovation every night and we sold out a couple of nights," Renne said. "We hope that happens again."

"Rex's Exes" 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."

"I think I like the sequel better," he said. "I like my lines more and I think we have more really funny characters."

Johnson feels like he and his fellow cast members are prepared to present a cast that audience members will embrace once more.

"We're all really comfortable with it," he added. "People are going to come back to see the characters."

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.

"I like the character," he said. "He's got depth to him. He's a bit of a womanizer, but he's a nice guy."

Kolh believes the audience will enjoy the production and hopes for a good turn out.

"The play is silly and funny," he added. "It's about a bunch of crazy family members and people out there might have family just like the characters."

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.