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Published on May 8, 2018 2:14PM

From left: Candice Hester, Rich Emery (on couch), Kevin Fanter and Colette Buchanan

From left: Candice Hester, Rich Emery (on couch), Kevin Fanter and Colette Buchanan

The latest comedy from Lincoln City’s Theatre West runs for three weeks, and you’d have to be crazy to miss it.

“Borderline Crazies” by Leo W. Sears combines all the elements of a classic farce — a double booking, a pair of mismatched couples — and adds in a bloodthirsty axe murderer for good measure.

The play opens with Ellen and her husband, efficiency author Stu, on vacation in a rustic Lake Tahoe cabin owned by Stu’s publisher. Ellen hopes to spend the breaking skiing and putting some spark into their dull marriage.

But the couple are startled when a horror author and his sexy wife also arrive at the apparently double-booked cabin. The women immediately bond but the men squabble like spoiled two-year-olds and devise several wagers to determine who stays and who goes. Before anyone can leave, a police officer reports that a snowstorm has closed the roads and an axe murderer is on the loose. Stranded with no phone, no television and no radio, the writers just might kill each other before the murderer gets to them.

Directed by Wes Ryan, the play stars Candice Hester as Ellen, Rich Emery as Stu, Colette Buchanan as Monica, Kevin Fanter as Ira and Hanna Hester as the officer and the chauffeur.

Assistant director is Danielle Ryan, with Donna Morris as stage manager.

“Borderline Crazies” runs through Saturday, June 2, with performances at 7:30 pm each Thursday, Friday and Saturday and a 2 pm matinée on Sunday, May 20.

All performances are at Theatre West, 3536 SE Hwy. 101.

Tickets, $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, and $10 for children 12 and under, are available by calling 541-994-5663. On regular performance days, the box office is open at 4 pm. At other times, leave a message and someone will call you back.

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