Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents ‘Run Forrest Run’

BLOOMSBURG — Oh, it’s those wild and crazy guys!

No. No. Not those wild and crazy guys from “Saturday Night Live,” but those semi-wild and definitely crazy guys from the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.

Now BTE’s Eric Wunsch and Richard Cannaday are taking the beloved “Forrest Gump” to greater heights — or maybe lower depths!

The live on-stage version “Run Forrest Run: A Two Man Forrest Gump” is a “BTE at the Movies Engagement” and an “extra attraction” of the professional theater ensemble’s recently concluded 40th season.

“Run Forrest Run: A Two Man Forrest Gump” has 7:30 p.m. performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 3 p.m. matinees on Sundays, June 7 through June 17, at the Alvina Krause Theater, 26 Center St.

Tom Hanks’ portrayal of “Forrest Gump” in the 1994 Oscar winning Best Picture has the distinction of being one of the most popular, endearing performances ever.

BTE now promises that ” … the world will never be the same once you’ve seen these two dudes tell the story of “Forrest Gump.”

Cannaday (last seen in wig and stilettos in “Georgia McBride”) and Wunsch (as the long deceased husband who appears to his wife “Marjorie Prime”) play two ambitious actors who try to re-create an on-stage version of the movie “Forrest Gump.”

Wunsch predominantly plays Forrest, while Cannaday generally plays the other characters. The comical romp features the BTE members playing over 25 characters, not only switching costumes, but genders as well.

Although the “actors” that they portray are not necessarily dim-witted, their idea (although often hilarious) certainly borders on the lame brained.

Conceived and performed by Wunsch and Cannaday, “Run Forrest Run: A Two Man Forrest Gump” is an over-the-top lampoon, with a bit of raunchy humor.

BTE’s system rates this show as “RA” for its adult language and humor, and is recommended for patrons 17 years and older.

Life may or may not be like a box of chocolates, but with “Run Forest Run: A Two Man Gump,” you do know what you’ll going to get — both a tasty, sometimes sweet treat, and one that always tickles the funny bone.

For more information, call the box office at 570-784-8181 or visit www.bte.org.

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