published Friday, April 13th, 2012

'Duck Hunter Shoots Angel' in Athens

Opening night of Athens Community Theater's spring comedy will offer both dinner and a show.

"Duck Hunter Shoots Angel," by Mitch Albom, opens Thursday in the Sue E. Trotter Theater at The Arts Center in Athens, Tenn. The dinner-theater production, which includes a full meal and cash bar, is by reservation only for $25 per person. Play-only productions will run weekends through April 28. Duck hunters with permits will be admitted for half-price on Thursday, April 26.

"Duck Hunter Shoots Angel" is the story of two bumbling Alabama brothers who have never shot a duck but think they've shot an angel. As they lament their fates in a murky swamp, they are chased by a cynical tabloid journalist and his reluctant photographer, who don't believe any of it -- until feathers, wings and a tiara are discovered. The play interweaves a love story, sibling rivalry, tawdry media, race relations and cultural stereotypes as the chase to find the angel builds to a crescendo in the swamp. Ultimately a sweet allegory about redemption, "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel" has been hailed by audiences as a rare comedy with a surprisingly heartfelt lesson.

Veteran ACT actor Dave Siklosi is directing the production.

IF YOU GO

* What: "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel."

* When: 6 p.m. Thursday (dinner theater); 7:30 p.m. April 20-21; 2 p.m. April 22; 7:30 p.m. April 26-28.

* Where: Sue E. Trotter Theater, The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn.

* Admission: $25 opening night (includes dinner); $12 adults, $8 students all other performances; half price for duck hunters with permits April 26.

* Phone: 423-745-8781.

* Website: www.athensartscouncil.org.

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