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Thursday, July 5,2012

Return to 'Escanaba'

Over the Ledge tackles Jeff Daniels' venerable farce

by Holly Johnson

It may be July, but it’s deer season at the Over the Ledge theater company in Grand Ledge.

The Soady family is back in Jeff Damielsī ever-popular “Escanaba in Da Moonlight,” in which  Reuben (Adam Carlson) tries to shake off the curse thatīs made him the only Soady who has yet to bag a buck. Michael Erwine plays Reubenīs father, Albert. The cast includes Justin Brewer as Remnar, George Berghorn as Ranger Tom, Over the Ledge founder Joseph Dickson as Jimmer and Ann Carlson as Wolf Moon Dance. 

It's the company's second Daniels script (“Apartment 3A” opened the season) and it only makes sense for "Escanaba" to take place at the Ledges Playhouse because, as director Michael Hays puts it, “it’s extremely rustic.” 

“It’s about as original as we can make it,” Hays added. “I’d be surprised if you didn’t do a little bit of laughing.”

‘Escanaba in da Moonlight’

July 5-15

Over the Ledge Theatre Co.

Ledges Playhouse

137 Fitzgerald Park Dr., Grand Ledge

8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

$10 adults; $8 seniors; $6 students

(517) 318-0579

overtheledge.org

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