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Magical Mitch Albom Comedy at Racine Theatre Guild
“Duck Hunter Shoots Angel,” a comedy by Mitch Albom, author of “Tuesdays With Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” is full of humor, humanity and magical surprises. The play is being staged from September 12-28 at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Avenue (Highway 38) in Racine.
As one might suspect from the title, “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” has to do with tabloid journalism—that and a whole lot more. Duane (Len Maki) and Duwell (Scott Cannady), two bumbling Alabama brothers who have never even managed to shoot a duck, fear they’ve taken down a celestial being. When the editor of a sleazy tabloid (Gary Stamm) hears of it, he sends a cynical reporter, Sandy (Matt Specht), and a reluctant photographer, Lenny (Norgie Metzinger), to cover the story. They find the two backwoods brothers with the help of a wise-cracking teenage girl (Elle Cooper) who works at the local Gasmart. The four men search the swamp for the wounded angel and come up with white feathers, a large wing and a tiara. Could the angel be for real? The cast of colorful and diverse characters also includes a half-man/half-alligator (Ryan Simonsen), a mysterious voice (Laura-Nicole Musolf), and a woman from Sandy’s past (Stefanie Stamper). Multiple themes--race relations, cultural stereotypes, redemption, exploitative media--and a love story are all hysterically interwoven to make this a rare comedy with a surprise ending and heartfelt message.
“Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” was Mitch Albom’s first play not based on a book. Collectively, his books have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide, have been published in 44 languages, and have been made into Emmy-Award-winning and critically-acclaimed TV movies. This play debuted in 2004 at the Purple Rose Theatre, which was founded by actor Jeff Daniels in Chelsea, Michigan. It went on to become that theatre’s highest-grossing play before moving to downtown Detroit and other productions around the country.
RTG Managing and Artistic Director Doug Instenes is directing the RTG production. Lizz-Otto Cramer designed and painted the set. Mike Kishline heads the volunteer crew as production stage manager, with Rebecca Kishline calling the show as stage manager.
Performances take place over three weekends, from September 12th through the 28th. On each weekend there are shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. In addition, there are Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on September 20 and at 4 p.m. on September 27. There are 7 p.m. shows on Sunday, September 21, and Thursday, September 25. Tickets are bargain-priced at 7 p.m. shows: $13 for adults, $11 for seniors (62 and older), and $8 for students (21 and younger). At all other times, tickets cost $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for students. Discounts are available to groups of 12 or more and subscribers. Subscriptions are currently being sold for as little as $50 for five shows.
The Racine Theatre Guild is a nonprofit community (volunteer-based) theatre now beginning its 77th season. The box office is open from 12 to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 90 minutes prior to each curtain time through intermission. For reservations or further information, call 262-633-4218. Tickets may be ordered online at www.racinetheatre.org; however, discounts and coupons cannot be applied and subscriptions cannot be purchased online.