“Rumors” Run Rampant on Players’ Stage

Now showing at the Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s oldest professional resident summer theatre, is Neil Simon’s uproarious comedy Rumors, playing through August 31. In the play, guests arrive dressed for Charley and Myra Brock’s 10th anniversary party only to find the hostess gone, an uncooked dinner, and the host bleeding from a gunshot wound. The sophisticated, high-class couples put on the performance of their lives, attempting to cover up shenanigans from one another, and the police, to protect their friend – the deputy mayor of New York.

Rumors played on Broadway for a long run in the early 1990s and has been performed numerous times since then across the country and internationally. In his memoirs, Neil Simon explained that he began Rumors after finishing The Play Goes On, an examination of his parents’ broken promises and lost loves. Wishing to put those memories aside, he went to work on a lighter piece.

Simon did some tweaking and filled Rumors with one-liners, merged it with fast-moving farce action and conjured up a comedy of supreme silliness that struck the funny bone of audiences and critics alike.

Rumors will be on stage at Peninsula Players Theatre Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7:30 pm with a matinee performance at 4 pm Sunday, August 31. Ticket prices are $32.25 and $29. There are no performances on Mondays. For more information on Rumors or to reserve tickets, call the Players’ box office at 920.868.3287 or visit