Do men and women think alike?

The concept is explored in the Tomah Area Community Theatre’s production of Buying the Moose, director Sharon Larkin said.

“It’s a story about the different way that men and women look at things,” she said. “It’s amazing how different men and women think and yet are so similar.”

The play is centered around a misunderstanding between husband and wife Rob and Betty, who involve Rob’s older brother Greg and his wife Cheryl, to make sense of the situation.

It quickly spirals out of control.

Melissa Carroll, who plays Cheryl, enjoys how the play mirrors reality.

“These kinds of conversations happen all the time in real life between men and women and husbands and wives where a guy will say something and a woman will take it completely opposite of how he meant it or vice versa,” she said.

In this case the misunderstanding is a bit risqué, said Mike Larkin, who plays Rob, said.

“Rob is a terrible dancer, two left feet, so I try to take private dance lessons unbeknownst to my wife,” he said. “She comes home early and catches me in a (compromising situation). She leaves me, and in my insecurity I call my brother Greg to come over to talk me ... but things get out of hand. I’m trying to do the right thing, but it gets off on the left foot, and this is where the whole thing kind of spirals out of control.”

Switching back and forth between Rob and Greg and Betty and Cheryl, the play is about trying to resolve the conflict.

It’s a funny play, said Joe Minney, who plays Greg.

“The ridiculousness of the situation that we have to deal with is kind of tongue in cheek and it’s kind of funny,” he said. “But it’s also a good exposition of relationships between couples.”

Mike Larkin agrees. He said the audience will love the play.

“I think that they should make sure that they empty their bladder before they take their seats,” he said. “It is an extremely, extremely, funny show.”

While funny, Carroll said the play carries a message the audience should take away.

“I hope that they get a lot of laughs ... and that they can see some of where this happens in their lives, too − how things are misinterpreted, they’re well meaning, but they’re just interpreted incorrectly by the opposite sex.”

Sharon Larkin agrees.

“I hope the audience goes home thinking, ‘Wow, how quickly a misunderstanding can get out of control,’” she said. “Maybe next time they have a misunderstanding ... but they pause and step back and they think, ‘Well I wonder what the other side of this issue is.’ The audience is definitely going to see two sides of the issue — one going on one porch and another going on another porch.”


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