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Posted: Monday, May 24, 2010 8:02 pm

Good ol’ boys Jason Ross and Bobby Taylor are a big hit in sportswriter Mitch Albom’s new comedy DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL, in its Southeastern professional premiere at the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville.  The Chattanooga actor/comedian (Ross) and the Nashville top-ten Billboard songwriter (Taylor) are hanging out the “Held Over” signs for the comedy in which two Alabama duck-huntin’ brothers come to believe they’ve shot an angel!  Sponsored by Stonehaus Winery, DUCK HUNTER will now play thru July 30.
As brothers Duane and Duwell Early, down-home souls who rarely bag a duck, the boys debate their fate while chased by Daniel Black and Michael Ruff as a know-it-all tabloid reporter (think “National Enquirer”) and his black college-grad photographer.  The two yankees are wary of what might lurk, deep in the swamps of darkest Alabama, but they find southern folks aren’t just dumb crackers, and that “smarts”, faith and love are found everywhere.
DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL, which the Playhouse rates at PG-Thirteen, “is a hilarious and thought-provoking show with a little salty language and some mature good-ol’-boy humor”, says guest director Donald Fann.  Fann first staged it at his Arts Center of Cannon County Theater in Woodbury, TN, where it was a best-seller.   It also broke records in its world premiere at the Purple Rose Theater in Michigan, which commissioned the playwright’s first work for the stage.  Albom is best known as the bestselling author of TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, and THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN, which (like “DUCK HUNTER”) explore the spiritual side of life in today’s world, with humor, compassion and a sharply perceptive wit.

For reservations call 931.484.5000, or visit  Also at the Playhouse is the timely and patriotic new musical TINYARD HILL, about a boy coming of age in a Georgia military family (rated PG-13) playing thru July 11, and one of Broadways biggest musicals, HELLO, DOLLY! Rated G and sponsored by Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express & Hampton Inn, playing thru August 22.
Posted 5.24.10

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