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Franklin Theatre Benefit Tonight

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Brentwood producer/director Johnny Peppers is opening his comedy “Mixed Nuts,” by Simon J. Donogue and Nancy Manera, a day late Back Stage at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre and using his opening night, May 7, as a benefit for area flood victims.

“The flood devastation in the Bellevue area has been overwhelming for so many people. We are fortunate to have only faced the challenge of power and phone disruption. We want to support so many of our neighbors who have lost their homes by dedicating our opening night performance to them,” Peppers said.

Peppers said donations of canned food items and clothes will be accepted at the door along with a suggested donation of $20 per person which will be taken directly to the Bellevue flood relief efforts. For show information, contact Peppers directly at 615-642-8327.
“If someone wants to come out and get a free night of entertainment to forget about their problems, come on in. We are asking that those who are able bring a donation for your neighbor. It is going to take our efforts duplicated many times over to help those folks begin to get back on their feet. Bellevue has been hit hard,” Peppers said. For more information on attending, 615-646-9977, ext. 0.

“Mixed Nuts” Review: Nancy McNulty

As an avid theatre fan, I enter the charming Back Stage of Chaffin’s with high expectations of a big night of “Mixed Nuts” laughter to escape the stress of this week’s tragic

The cast assembled by Peppers, of Brentwood-based 3Ps Productions, are heavy weights in the Middle Tennessee area community with a ton of experience and talent represented including off-Broadway actress Megan Murphy, Nash favorites Dietz Osborne and Layne Sasser, recently returned London School of Musical Theatre actress Jennifer Richmond and starring Franklin actor Flynt Foster, part of April’s cast of the well-received, original comedy, Southern Fried Funeral.

And the evening was not a disappointment.

Being a little spoiled by the fast-paced humor and the rich reactions of the characters on Glee, I’m not very patient waitin’ on a laugh. Donogue and Manera have a very well-written story with quirky characters that could be a little off-putting if not for the ownership each actor takes of their respective roles.

Taking place in the run-down New York City apartment of Ohio transplanted writer Michael Caldwell, Peppers takes full advantage of his intimate stage. An interesting side note, Peppers son, Davy, designed the set as a Boy Scout Merit Badge project and local artist Teri Daly does a nice job of transforming the vision including the exposed, brick worn walls which wrap the apartment.

With tons of fun 80s references and nostalgic music, “Mixed Nuts” is full of lots of laughs as well as charm with the chemistry of a good ensemble cast making for a night when you can forget for a second the struggles of the day and definitely take a couple of hours to re-charge. For more info, or 615-646-9977, ext. 0.