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Updated: 01/17/2014 08:00:02AM

Acting and Action at Lemon Bay Playhouse

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Photo by Chris Kourapis

Weller Martin (Jack Rabito) is shocked when Fonsia Dorsey (Rita Corn) displays her winning hand in "The Gin Game" being performed on Friday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 19, at Lemon Bay Playhouse in Englewood.

Photo by Chris Kourapis

Lemon Bay Playhouse Board of Trustees Vice President Charlie Tyler and President/Treasurer, Bob LaSalle, stand in front of the Playhouse Annex, a storage facility and rehearsal hall. Special performances of "The Gin Game" this weekend will launch the Board's campaign to reduce the mortgage on the Annex building.

By CHRIS KOURAPIS

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This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday veteran actors Rita Corn and Jack Rabito will be performing in a special fundraising production of "The Gin Game," the Pulitzer prize-winning play by D.L. Coburn that first starred Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn.

Often referred to as a tragic comedy, the play takes place during a weekly gin rummy game in a state-run retirement home. Fonsia Dorsey and Weller Martin are residents who develop a friendship while playing cards. Fonsia is new to the game; Weller is an expert. Tension develops when Fonsia's beginner's luck begins to grate on Weller's nerves.

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