‘Anybody Out There?’ is coming to stage in January

From a scene in “Anybody Out There?” Millie (Lindsay Tallian) gives back Oliver (Nick Burton) his engagement ring … the start to a pretty horrible birthday. The Flat River Community Players will present the play in January. — Courtesy photo

GREENVILLE — What would you do if you were told you only had six months to live? That is the premise behind the Flat River Community Player’s latest production, “Anybody Out There?”

Oliver Pankey (Nick Burton) has been stepped on and beaten down all his life. After he is robbed of everything he owns and his fiancée, Millie (Lindsay Tallian), leaves him for a married man, Oliver gets terrible news from his doctor(Kent “Skip” Schuster): he will be dead in six months. Reconciled to his fate, Oliver becomes the intrepid man he has always wanted to be. He even agrees to help the FBI, only to learn, at the last minute, of the doctor’s mistake.

“I didn’t even make it halfway through the script before I knew that Anybody Out There? was the comedy I have been waiting for,” Director Pat Cradit said. “My favorite thing about this play, other than the witty banter, is the double-sided characters. They are like an onion skin, peel them back and you see a different layer. As the play progresses, you grow so fond of these characters because of they are so relatable.”

With a great mix of returning FRCP members (Christian Sowers, Ric Davenport, Josh Randall,  Skye Hayes, Alexis Rush) and some talented newcomers (Kim Jenkins, Galen Jennings), the action in this fast-paced comedy deftly finds its way to a happy and hilarious ending.

Performances will be January 18 to 20 and 25 to 26 at the Greenville Area Community Center. Tickets will be available after the New Year at www.frcp.org. For more information, call the FRCP Box Office at (616) 754-8207.

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