Out & About

See a comedy and shop for Macon memorabilia this weekend, plus a free blues concert

The Sidney Lanier Cottage is pictured in this 2009 file photo.
The Sidney Lanier Cottage is pictured in this 2009 file photo. wmarshall@macon.com

The hilarious “Rumors” returns to Middle Georgia and opens Friday as the latest production at Theatre Macon.

The Neil Simon comedy is set in 1988 during a 10th anniversary dinner at a home in New York. It begins with the arrival of the first guests, who discover that their hosts — the never-to-be-seen deputy mayor of New York and his wife — are nowhere to be found. These guests quickly realize the husband is upstairs and has made an unsuccessful attempt at suicide, which surprisingly sets big laughs in motion as more guests arrive and as the story unfolds.

Simon wrote “Rumors,” his first farce, as a cathartic exercise during a difficult time in his life. The action in this work is frantic, the dialogue is full of word play, and there are cover-ups, deceptions, mistaken identities and a lot of laughs.

“The simplest aspect of farce is (that) you need a lot of doors,” Simon stated in a 1988 interview with The New York Times. “And you need people to go running in and out of them, just missing each other. … Everybody in the play has to be in trouble. … And so I had to keep all the characters in jeopardy.”

See “Rumors” at 8 p.m. Friday and through Sept. 17 at Theatre Macon. Check www.theatremacon.com for other dates and times.

Front Porch Sale

The Side Porch Gift Shop at the Sidney Lanier Cottage, which is known for its selection of books and gifts related to Macon’s history, architecture, and famed poet and musician Sidney Lanier, hosts its Front Porch Sale this weekend.

“Whether you’re a local who needs to stock up on Macon memorabilia, a visitor looking for a keepsake, or a Sidney Lanier enthusiast looking to add to a collection, this sale is a wonderful opportunity to find something unique,” said Kim Campbell, director of preservation field services.

The shop also carries books by other authors, pottery, porcelain, posters, art, knickknacks and more. Many items will be available at a drastic discount, so great finds are in store for bargain seekers.

Entry to the sale is free. It’s open 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Of special note …

Blues artist Charley Crockett — a relative of American folk hero Davy Crockett — performs during a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the Cox Capitol Theatre.

Contact Melanie Byas at melanie@retrowarehouse.com.