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'Idiots' worth a visit at The Barn Theatre in Willmar

Rand Middleton / Tribune Carl, played by Allen Clark of Willmar, left, and Phil, played by Gabe Ryland of Huron, S.D., decide the ladder to success at the post office is missing a few rungs. The pair have lots of the spirit but little judgement and their new gourmet health food restaurant flounders in "Flaming Idiots" at The Barn. 1 / 4
Rand Middleton / Tribune Barn play "Flaming Idiots" cast, from left: Anton Switajewski, Willmar; Gabe Ryland, seated, Huron, S.D; Allen Clark, Willmar; Paige Bajari, New London; Patrick Gilmore, Benson; Justin Brainard, Rochester; Nate Lundstrom, Bird Island; Kirsten Campbell, Green Isle.2 / 4
Rand Middleton / Tribune Task, played by Nate Lundstrom of Bird Island, fumbles to flirt with Bernadette, the deaf chef, played by Kirsten Campbell of Green Isle, in "Flaming Idiots." The comedic production opens tonight at The Barn Theatre in downtown Willmar.3 / 4
Rand Middleton / Tribune Ernesto, played by Anton Switajewski of Willmar, slithers to seduce Jayne, his "Senorita of Love," played by Paige Bajari of New London. The two are cast in "Flaming Idiots."4 / 4

WILLMAR — The Barn Theatre presents "Flaming Idiots" at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and Sept. 28-30 with 2 p.m. matinees Sunday and Oct. 1.

The show, written by comedic genius Tom Rooney, tells the story of Carl, played by Allen Clark, and Phil, played by Gabe Ryland, when they decide the ladder to success at the post office is missing a few rungs.

They know that big money is waiting for people with entrepreneurial spirit and sound business judgement. They have lots of the spirit but little of the judgement and their new gourmet health food restaurant flounders.

Zippy's, a popular cross town spot, has been crowded ever since Cy Manamalancia, a notorious mobster, was shot there and that was over 20 years ago. What if someone could get murdered in their restaurant?

"Flaming Idiots" is a contemporary farce which takes place entirely in the restaurant kitchen and requires five doors for slamming.

Other members of the cast are Nate Lundstrum, Justin Brainard, Anton Switajewski, Paige Bajari, Patrick Gilmore and Kirsten Campbell.

The production is directed by Matt Hegdahl. Aane Twedt is the technical director/set design.

Stage manager is Kirsten Campbell. Paige Bajari did the costumes.

Eric Harp is the lighting technician and Bob Thompson is the sound technician.

Tickets are $20 for adults and are available online at www.thebarntheatre.com, by calling 320-235-9500, or at the Box Office at the theater, 321 4th Street S.W. in downtown Willmar.

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