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Hill Country Community Theatre’s comedy ‘Charlie Cox’ is ‘entertaining’ and ‘touching’

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COTTONWOOD SHORES — The cast is set for the Hill Country Community Theatre’s upcoming comedy “Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors.”

The play by Michael McKeever runs April 25-May 5 at the theater, 4003 FM 2147 West. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. Sundays.

According to a theater news release, “Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors” is about a middle-aged guy named Charlie who’s never been in love and never taken a risk. When faced with one big, unexpected problem, he hits the road, hoping to find some meaning to his life. At a broken-down motel in the middle of nowhere, he accidentally stumbles upon the one great love of his life.

The cast includes theater regulars Freddie Bonetti of Round Rock as Charlie, Brian Hicks of Marble Falls as Wally, Becky Barton of Marble Falls as Nell, Guy Gober of Marble Falls as Travis and Laura Braden of Marble Falls as Kiki. The production team includes director Todd Essary of Austin, scenic-and-lighting designer Jon Harshaw of Horseshoe Bay and Steve Reily of Meadowlakes doing sound design.

“This play is truly unique and so well-written that it’s practically impossible for it not to be entertaining,” Essary said. “From Day One, we’ve found ourselves laughing our way through rehearsals. We’re also repeatedly being struck by the thoughtful, touching moments of truth the play offers. The depth, richness and broad scope of this play makes it accessible to any audience. I think it’s inevitable that everyone who sees ‘Charlie Cox’ will be compelled to reflect on it and talk about it.”

Since it was first produced in 2003, the play was awarded the 2004 Carbonell Award and the 2003 Curtains Up Award for Best New Work, according to the release. It also was named one of the “10 Best Plays of the Year” in 2003 by the Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for students 16 and younger. Group rates are available. For reservations, call the box office at (830) 798-8944. For more information or directions, visit www.thehcct.org.