Summer wouldn’t be complete without the annual Over the Edge production by the Nat Gold Players and Clearly Confused Productions. In its sixth year, the Over the Edge play pokes fun at local and national events.
This year’s show delves into everything from mayoral recall efforts and the funding challenges at Las Vegas City Schools to the national controversy over genetically modified Monsanto corn.
The recall spoof involves Mayor Nanita. A petition is submitted to recall her from office, but it has only a single signature — that of her mother, who signed it thinking that she was purchasing Girl Scout cookies.
And don’t think that the writers of the play let Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez off the hook for her flip comment a few months ago about putting out a donation jar to help the school district close its budget gap.
The parody is set in the radio station Por Que Fun and features various fast-paced scenes.
The Monsanto corn spoof begins with PJ buying a 3D printer. He puts a picture of corn into it, and the printer spits out real corn, but it is genetically engineered. Hilarity ensues when the corn becomes very aggressive and begins to take over the radio station.
This year’s show is sure to push the audience’s laughter button and is full of “corny” jokes. The play is written by Cynthia Riley and Anne Bradford and includes some of the recurring characters such as: PJ, Laura and Paco.
“I am constantly gathering material for the show,” Riley said.
The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday at Sala de Madrid on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 general admission, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students. Advanced tickets may be purchased from Em Krall and Tome on the Range.
“It is a wild drop with Monsanto, but is just the overlay of the show. We do talk about Las Vegas,” Riley said. “It is really ‘corny.’”
Actors and actresses of all ages participate in this year’s show. Their ages range from 10 to 86.
Throughout the show, there are some “corn”-based jokes, music and commercials that are quite comical. Riley also directs this year’s show.