Rumors and Fun Run Amok at Oakland University

At 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, the Theatre Program at Oakland University will open its production of Neil Simon’s comedy Rumors, which is a classic madcap farce, complete with slamming doors.

The action is set in in a large home just outside of New York City. As the guests arrive to celebrate the tenth wedding anniversary of the deputy mayor and his wife, they find he is in bed with a gunshot wound and she is missing, and so is the kitchen staff. The show is a frothy mix of cover-ups, deceptions and mistaken identities which results in general hilarity. It’s what Neil Simon does best, creating great characters and making the mundane… insane!

Photo credit: JLBoone Photography

NBC Television called the play, “Not only side splitting, but front and back splitting.”

There will be nine performances between February 2 and February 12, 2017 in Varner Studio Theatre. Tickets are $15 general, $8 for students at all shows and for everyone at the Friday, February 10, 10 a.m. matinee.

The Sunday, February 5 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 11 at 8:00 p.m. performance of this show will be shadow-signed for the Deaf by Synergy on Stage.

Varner Studio Theatre is located on the Oakland University campus at 371 Varner Drive. Maps of the campus are available at Ample free parking will be available in lots 26 and 24.

Tickets may be purchased online without service fees at or by phone at (800) 585-3737. They can also be purchased at the Varner Box Office on OU’s campus. Tickets ordered online or by phone can be picked up at the box office one hour before the performance begins.

Directions and complete ticket information are available at

For more information about Oakland University Music, Theatre and Dance programs and performances, call (248) 370-2030 or visit

Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, February 3, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

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