‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’

Published 7:40 am Thursday, October 7, 2010

Freddy, played by Andrew Torkelson, rehearses a scene from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Wednesday night at Frank W. Bridges Theatre. - Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

The play “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” based on the 1988 film, opens Friday evening at the Frank W. Bridges Theater at Riverland Community College.

“It’s a very funny play,” Director Jerry Girton said. “(The actors) are all doing a very good job.”

The comedy, written by Jeffrey Lane, is about two con men, played by Andrew Torkelson and Sam Gustine, living on the French Riviera. The two men end up competing to con a woman, played by Kristine Iverson, out of her money.

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“They end up in this competition and hilarity ensues,” Gustine said. “It will definitely be a fun show.”

Girton said Steve Martin played the part of one of the con men in the 1988 movie.

“You know if Steve Martin was in it, it’ll be hilarious,” Girton said.

The play parodies other musicals like “Hello Dolly” and “Oklahoma,” which, Girton said, gives the play added flair.

Gustine said the play has posed a challenging role for him.

“I have to do a British dialect and an Austrian dialect,” he said. “It’s very challenging, but also very rewarding and a good experience.”

Iverson said her role is slightly more demanding because it’s not the type of role she generally plays.

“I like playing her because she’s a little different from the characters I’m used to playing. She’s known to be very clumsy, so she trips all over herself,” Iverson said. “She’s a very funny character.”

Girton said he has enjoyed watching the actors come into their roles over the last few weeks.

“It’s fun seeing them at first not really getting the jokes, and as they go through, the comic timing just gets better and better,” Girton said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Girton said the play is not appropriate for anyone under 14-years-old due to adult language and situations.

The play runs Oct. 8-9 and 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. It also shows at 2 p.m. on Oct. 10. Tickets are $15 for the general public and free for Riverland Community College Students. For ticket information, call 433-0595.