''Til Beth Do Us Part' to open at The Legion Friday
by Marie Nesmith
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Rene Voige, from left, Kip Henderson, Lynn Fowler, Tammy Bingham and Daniel Rich 
rehearse a scene in The Pumphouse Players’ production of “’Til Beth Do Us Part.”
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Rene Voige, from left, Kip Henderson, Lynn Fowler, Tammy Bingham and Daniel Rich rehearse a scene in The Pumphouse Players’ production of “’Til Beth Do Us Part.” SPECIAL
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As the character of Gibby Hayden, Kip Henderson will scramble to salvage his marriage when his wife's new assistant, Beth Bailey, believes their household will run more efficiently without him in the picture. Opening Friday, "'Til Beth Do Us Part" will wrap up The Pumphouse Players' 35th season, which began last July.

"Gibby is around my age," Henderson said. "He's kind of a laid back character, tends to enjoy life, maybe a bit of a slob, which his wife tends to complain about. He finds himself in a mini-farcical situation -- having trouble with the wife being so involved in work and not paying attention to him to having to scheme against this interloper that has entered his home and seems to have taken over the whole situation.

"The fun part about this is I'm a writer too, and the style of writing is very similar to the way I write comedy. So it's been very easy for me to relate to. Gibby's character actually is a little bit physical as far as the comedy, maybe a little bit of slapstick and he reminds me of the character of Earnest in 'The Importance of Being Earnest.' It seems like he's the only one that can see the insanity of everything that's going on. He's kind of the 'is no one else seeing this, am I the only one' type of person. So it's a whole lot of fun when it comes to portraying that on stage."

Directed by Corinne Scott, "'Til Beth Do Us Part" will be presented at The Legion Theatre -- 114 W. Main St. in Cartersville -- June 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and June 12 and 19 at 3 p.m. Along with Henderson, the six-member cast also includes, Rene Voige as Suzannah Hayden, Daniel Rich as Hank Russell, Tammy Bingham as Beth Bailey, Cathy McDaniel as Margo James, and Lynn Fowler as Celia Carmichael.

"I guess if you've ever been married and had ups and downs in your married life, you probably can relate to this. ... It's about a young couple," Scott said. "The wife is an executive with a chocolate company and the husband is a weatherman. They both have busy careers and they realized that their marriage is in a lull or in an ebb, so to speak. And they want to get that rectified but they're not sure how to do it. They say, 'Oh we'll just have to wade through it. Then the wife's best friend has this plan. She says to the woman, 'You need a personal assistant. I know the person.'

"So the personal assistant comes in and sort of takes over the household with everything. Not only is she an assistant to the wife but she starts bossing the husband around a little bit. And so there's tension between the three of them and it builds to a very funny, funny climax involving the three of them and the wife's best friend, whose ex-husband is the best friend of the husband."

Tickets for "'Til Beth Do Us Part" are $12 for general admission and $10 for Pumphouse Players' members and groups larger than 10 people. For more information, visit www.pumphouseplayers.com or call 770-387-2610.