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"Lakebottom Prime" is worth your time and money

If you haven't seen "Lakebottom Prime" yet, you need to head to the Springer Opera House, 103 10th St. You have three more times to see it -- at 7:30 p.m. tonight-Saturday.

Written by Atlanta actor and playwright Topher Payne, it's a prequel to 2011's "Lakebottom Proper." But you do not have had to seen that one to enjoy this one. In fact, I think this one is a lot better.

And you do not have to be a Columbus native to enjoy it.

I saw it with John Kempt, who is from New Zealand, and he thought it was well written and cleverly done. He is Meryl Rifkin's boyfriend and she didn't want him sitting alone, so she asked me to sit with him. Meryl is the assistant stage manager and had to work. It wasn't a tough job. He's funny and charming.

We'll all get to see John in October when he comes to perform in "California Dreaming."

Back to the play. It's about a young couple, Brewster Tuttle and Daisy Doverdill, who play to get married on the shore of the lake at Wildwood Park.

Unfortunately, mosquitoes have caused havoc, bringing malaria to Columbus. The city decides to drain the lake and spray it with insecticide.

The fun comes from a long-held secret at the bottom of the lake.

It is truly a funny play and the actors are all excellent.

Tickets are $35; $30 for seniors; $23 for military, police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel and teachers; $15 for students through college with valid ID.

Call the box office at 706-327-3688.

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