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Students bring Simon comedy to Spring Valley this week

SPRING VALLEY, Wis. -- Real or rumor?

It's a real fact that "Rumors," a comedy by famous playwright Neil Simon, is coming to the Spring Valley Theatre this week, courtesy of students from the local high school.

Director Beth Deutsch said Wednesday the production is the fourth one she's directed for the school.

"It's one of my favorites," Deutsch said, explaining why she chose it and saying she directed it previously at the Mabel Tainter Theatre in Menomonie.

The storyline follows a couple who hold an anniversary party at their home, she said. Four couples are invited and, as the first arrives, they find no one around, yet they hear gunshots. With the arrivals of the other couples, a cover-up about what's been heard is expanded to protect the hosts. The invented story continues even after the police show up.

"It ends with the biggest story of all," she said.

Read more in the print version of the Pierce County Herald March 12.