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CBC's 'Communicating Doors' travels through time for laughs

A time-traveling comedic thriller is being whipped up for Columbia Basin College theater's next production.

Communicating Doors, which opens May 14, follows the travels and travails of a London dominatrix who stumbles onto a murder plot that sends her traveling back in time at the Regal Hotel through a set of "communicating" doors -- "wormholes" for those who are science fiction buffs.

The play begins and ends in 2018. As the curtain opens, Reece Wells, played by Kimmer DeTienne, is wrapping up a discussion with his business partner, Julian Goodman, played by Ryan Clements.

Reece, who owns the hotel, sends for the dominatrix Poopay, played by Jennifer Reed, who describes her profession as "special sexual consultant."

Reece has an ulterior motive. He summons Poopay to witness his confession to a series of nefarious acts that he and Julian have committed -- most notably, the murders of Reece's last two wives, played by Leslie Bourne and Cady Rutherford.

It's a mystery why Reece is suddenly compelled to divulge his dark past. But that becomes a moot point when Poopay leaves the hotel room through an adjoining door to the next guest room and is hurled back in time to 1998, where she stumbles into Ruella, the second murdered wife.

Poopay realizes, thanks to Reece's earlier confession, that she's standing in the same room on the very night when Julian tossed Ruella from the balcony.

And so the fun begins, as Poopay jumps back and forth in time through the communicating doors trying to change history.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. May 14-15 and 21-22 in the CBC theater on the Pasco campus. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door. The show is rated PG.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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