Over the Edge - Play will keep audience laughing

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By Mercy Lopez

Las Vegas’ own parody will hit the stage once again starting tomorrow evening. Over the Edge Part 7 is one that you don’t want to miss, as it is full of comical relief poking fun at local and national events, including the departure of former City Manager Tim Dodge, the oil and gas industry, ObamaCare, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s visits to Las Vegas, and the Bradner Dam project.

Overall, the play pokes fun at the pharmaceutical industry using various fake names for medications.

Director and script co-writer Cynthia Riley said the play addresses the pharmaceutical industry’s desire to sell medications rather than helping people with health issues.

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sala de Madrid on the Highlands University campus with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a matinee showing at 3 p.m. Sunday, all at Sala de Madrid. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and $5 for students with valid ID.

“The play is a funny way to address this serious issue,” Riley said. “It is so much about the business and not about health.”

The play characterizes the side effects of the medications using the black box warning label, which is portrayed by several cast members.

Riley said, “The play answers the important question on what the man in the purple suit is really selling us.”

Riley said the question is answered in the play that will keep you laughing while begging for more. The play goes through a series of scenes set in a small town radio station located on a hill. Various characters work their way through the play, including well-known Las Vegas resident Sara Harris as an astrologist. Area playwright Patricia Crespin also performs in the play, a production of the local Community Theater Collective.

Two familiar faces are missing from this year’s show, Michael Williams and Justina Rivas.

“We didn’t want to recast either of them, so they are both on ‘vacation,’” Riley said. “Laura (Rivas) has gone to Boston to stalk Johnny Depp, and PJ (Williams) has gone after her.”

But the question remains, Where is Paco, portrayed by Lisa Cisneros? Riley said that question will be answered in the play.

With PJ and Laura out in Boston, PJs sisters take over the station while  they are on “vacation.” What will all the ruckus be at Por Que Fun?

“Everyone had a wonderful creative input in the show,” Riley said. “I am really excited about that. This is a true Las Vegas Community Theatre Production.”

The show features Harris, Crespin, Fiona Whitten, Victor Ramirez, Janika Jaramillo along with members of Wize Latina productions, Clearly Confused productions and numerous community members.