Pictured is a rehearsal scene from “Farce of Nature” as D. Gene (Dan Bulau) attempts to hold back an angry Wanelle (Jewell Kurtz) from attacking Roxanne (Staci Kaufman). (Photo courtesy of Off Stage Productions)
Pictured is a rehearsal scene from “Farce of Nature” as D. Gene (Dan Bulau) attempts to hold back an angry Wanelle (Jewell Kurtz) from attacking Roxanne (Staci Kaufman). (Photo courtesy of Off Stage Productions)

By JIM LANGHAM

DHI Media Staff Writer

jlangham@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT — After months of hard work, the staff and performers of Off Stage Productions is ready to take to the stage the next two weekends to conclude its 2016-2017 season with the presentation of “Farce of Nature,” a Jones Hope Wooten comedy. The two-act comical farce will be directed by Mandy Fifer, her first production with Off Stage Productions.

“I’ve been excited to go through this whole process,” said Fifer. “This is my first time to be in charge of it. It has been a lot of work, but a very exciting time. What a blast.”

“’Farce’ offers a good time for everyone,” continued Fifer. “There is a lot of good humor brought to us by really good talent. It’s a really fun time. The dinner theater experience is one of a kind for us.”

Fifer noted that Off Stage Productions shares two shows per year, one in the fall and one in the spring.

This year, there was an extra bonus, the opportunity to give a performance for a fund-raising effort in Celina. A production that had been scheduled was unable to make it so the local group accepted an invitation to fill in for the fund-raising cause in Mercer County.

“It was really successful and it was good for us to get involved,” said Fifer.

Fifer said there will be seven performances, beginning on Saturday, April 22, with additional show dates on April 23, April 28-30 and May 5-6.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12:30 p.m. for the Sunday matinee at the Van Wert County Council on Aging located at 220 Fox Road. A buffet-style meal provided by Romer’s Catering will be served starting at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. At Sunday matinees, the meal will be served at 1 p.m. and the show will start at 2 p.m.

The non-stop hilarity of this Southern-friend farce highlights one day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas. You will meet D. Gene Wilburn, the owner and proprietor of the Reel ‘Em Inn, considered to be the finest fishing hole in the Ozarks.

Lately, however, business is down, tourists are few and the lone guest who has just checked in is an extremely jittery Carmine DeLuca from Chicago, who is only there due to a location shift in the Witness Protection Program.

Reservations close at 6 p.m. each day, and can be made by calling 419-605-6708.