Playwright Greg Lavelle’s latest play for The Dover Players drove him as hard as an investigator trying to solve a mystery.
“This one was one of those (plays) that wrote itself and kept pushing me forward to get it done,” Lavelle said. “I wrote it in four days.”
“The Boyfriend” is a mystery and the first production of 2020 for The Dover Players, a longtime North Olmsted community theater group.
“It’s more of a what is going on there or what you could call a twistery (rather) than a whodunit,” said Lavelle, 69, who has written a dozen original plays for The Dover Players since 2010 and performed in other productions. Besides writing this production, Lavelle will direct it. He said much of the play focuses on the interaction between a charming, but strange young man and the father of the woman he is dating.
“The father has concerns about the young man and his being around his daughter,” Lavelle said. “The young man doesn’t seem to have a past, which concerns the father since he’s dating his daughter. The father wonders if he’s a threat or if he’s just being paranoid.”
Meanwhile, the young man becomes aware of the father’s concerns, but apparently wants to maintain his relationship with the daughter.
“There’s a lot of twists and it could be possible that one of the two men does the other in by the end, or something else could happen,” Lavelle said.
Lavelle said he enjoys all aspects of being involved in The Dover Players, be it writing, acting or directing.
Audience members will get a chance to guess what’s happening when there is a break before the final act. If someone guesses enough of what is going on, they will get a prize.
Lavelle, an attorney as well, brings a lot to The Dover Players, said group members Mark and Linda Little.
“He’s a clever, interesting man who always does a lot for us in whatever role he’s taking for us,” Linda Little said.
“It’s always a lot of fun when Greg is involved because something different can happen,” Mark Little said.
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Dates: March 20-22 and 27-29
Showtimes: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays
Location: North Olmsted United Methodist Church, 4600 Dover Center Road