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If the Good Lord’s Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise: Family-friendly acting company puts on offbeat comedy about life, love

The title has more to do with the plot of the play than you might originally think, but I won’t spoil the ending.

If the Good Lord’s Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise centers on Doc, a somewhat aged, somewhat eccentric individual who doles out wisdom and humor — often in the same breath — from his home. It’s this home his daughter is trying to take from him by becoming his legal guardian. Family strife, arising from love, is a common theme for Pat Cook’s plays, and this one is no exception.

Overall, the tone is lighthearted. Literary aficionados will be especially delighted with several of the subtle — or overt — allusions to classic works. I still chuckle on recalling some of the quips.

Possibly one of the best things about Family Theatre, a gem in the local thespian community, is explained in its name. Their plays are always appropriate and enjoyable for all ages. Bring your kids or bring a date. Either way, you’re guaranteed some wholesome, quality entertainment.

Another unique aspect of plays at Family Theatre — it’s dinner theater without the high-priced ticket. Candlelit table seating is available and patrons are invited to bring a picnic supper to enjoy with the show. Popcorn and drinks on sale benefit the nonprofit theater company, and everyone is welcome to free dessert at intermission.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for military and seniors, $6 for students and no more than $35 for families. The play runs Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 25.

For more information, call 706-536-8052 or visit www.familytheatre.org.

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