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Is he or isn't she?

    The association of actors, chefs, technicians and artists known as the Heron Players, have pulled off another win with their spring Dinner Theater production of Is He or Isn’t She. Dick Hale, as the vain Lord Pompous, slam-dunked one laugh right after another. Rob Harker, as evil Sir Nastovich, Andrew Compton as innocent Prince Poindexter, and Hawkeye Morin as indecisive King Agar, ably assisted him. Kathy Hale, as the bloodthirsty Queen, never missed a free throw. Every teammate -- liberated princess, conniving ladies, foolish duchesses, jumpy jester, grasping cardinal, drooling idiot, quiet maids and charming young pages -- visited the zone and scored hearty laughs. The continuous full court press won the hearts of the audience.
    Before the game began, the audience was wooed into the past with a medieval feast of finger foods, thankfully served on china, not plank. Several theater patrons had arrived arrayed in costume. “Only missing,” mused Carolyn Hidy, Trout Creek, dressed as a leper in burlap, “are the wolf hounds to snarl over the chicken bones.”
    The audience became the court, standing and bowing as the superbly dressed King and Queen made their monarchical entrance. The farcical plot revolved around the choice of a new king and the resulting court intrigue.
    Some of the jokes were subtle; most were not. I particularly liked the use of the drooling idiot’s rubber chicken carcass for a foul play flag during the showdown sword fight between evil and vanity. The room roared when the Queen sang her lullaby: “I was gathering daffodils one day, chop, chop, in the merry, merry month of May, chop, chop, when suddenly I realized, Poindexter wasn't circumcised, so I got a knife and did it right away, chop, chop!”
    Theater patrons, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Atkins of Libby, wearing appropriate apparel (Dave, in velvet and tights won the costume contest), said as they departed, "We loved the show." By the smiles around me, I judged the rest of guests had also been infatuated with the production. Drawing an audience from as far as Spokane, the Heron Players have extended the Dinner Theatre through two weekends. All performances were sold out for their winning spring production. 

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Lou Springer Lou Springer lives in Heron when not out on a river somewhere.

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