The Maumelle Players have been missing in action for a while but are set to return on Nov. 3. The group announced it would stage the play, “Rumors,” by Neil Simon. Here is the complete run:


Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m.


Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m.


Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.


All performances will be at the Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church, 449 Millwood Circle. Tickets can be purchased on their website, www.maumellleplayers.org, or at the door. Adult tickets are $15 and seniors and children under 16 are $12.


The show is directed by Jennifer Walker and features Peggy Cromwell, Mike Crosson, Erica Monday, Jeff Riggs, Andrew VanDuyne, Jennifer Walker, Holly Davis, Brian Tynes, Rhiannon and Jerry Green.


“Rumors” premiered on Broadway in 1988 and had an 18-month run. The plot involves several affluent couples who gather in the posh suburban residence of a couple for a dinner party celebrating their hosts’ 10th anniversary. However, they discover there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the host — the deputy mayor of New York City — has shot himself through the earlobe. Comic complications arise when, given everyone’s upper-class status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening’s events from the local police and the media.


As a former theatre person, I can assure you, you won’t go wrong with a Neil Simon comedy, so make plans to support this relaunch of our local drama group.


In other drama news, Maumelle High School will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning show, “You Can’t Take It With You” at Maumelle High School Nov. 17 and 18. Still waiting on more details.


Pigs will be pigs


What in the name of decency is going on in America? I could lead with the sordid activities of Harvey Weinstein, but that’s just Hollywood, right? The casting couch has been the mythical path to success in LaLa Land, but we’ve always looked at it with a wink and a nod. But now we find out how real it really is. Harvey is a pig who used his power to prey on vulnerable actors.


But that’s the just the tip of the iceberg. It’s right here in our backyard on a regular basis. Teacher and preachers always get the headlines because we trust them. But those who prey on our children are pigs as well and deserve a long stay away from home.


I have witnessed sexual harassment in the workplace. Thankfully, I’m not guilty of it, but it can cause a toxic environment that is difficult for employees to handle and they usually have to move on to another job. Bosses who bully their employees with suggestive language or inappropriate physical encounters are pigs.


Pay attention. Teach your sons and daughters that sexual harassment, sexual innuendos, inappropriate touching, weird social media posts are not OK. Encourage them to talk to you to you about it.


If it smells like a pig, it’s a pig.


What do you stand for?


Almost everyone I know is sick of the National Anthem kneeling controversy. NFL ratings are down and most of us who don’t live in a city with a team have reacted with a collective yawn.


I personally don’t care if the players stand, kneel or twerk. I don’t watch the playing of the National Anthem before a sporting event and if I owned an NFL team, we would stay in the locker room until after it’s played. A note to the players: Get over yourselves. You’re paid to play, not protest. Do that on your own time.


“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”


— Mark Twain


Haunted Houses and Halloween


I’m not a big fan of haunted houses or of Halloween. Guess you could say I’m a Halloween Scrooge. But I do get why kids like it. You get to dress up, eat inordinate amounts of candy and go to parties and/or haunted houses.


I don’t like things jumping out at me in the dark and many of these haunted houses are quite expensive. Maumelle Parks and Rec is sponsoring its annual scary stuff party for only five bucks. It’s coming up October 28 and 31, 6 to 10 p.m. They are also having a Halloween Carnival with “games, fun and candy.” Check out the details on the website, www.maumelleparksandrec.com.


Gigi’s closed for lunch


After being opened for only a few months, an abrupt and confusing notice was posted on Facebook by Gigi’s announcing their new fall hours, but I noticed that they were not opening until 5 p.m., so I assumed correctly that meant they were no longer serving lunch.


I reached out to Gigi’s for an explanation. Darrel Wyrick, one of the owners sent me a note: “Lunch is discontinued temporarily to revamp and see if we can control some costs. Our lunch crowd has slowed some so we are going to see about getting some lower-priced items for that menu. We’ve added some free-music nights on Tuesday and Thursday to get our dinner crowd going during the week.” A manager, Don Marshall, told me: “[These are] fall and winter hours, we should reopen in the spring for lunch.”


I’ll keep you posted.


See you on the Boulevard.


Neal Moore is a public relations and advertising consultant and freelance writer. If you have a community concern, Maumelle news tip or if you’re just irritated about something, contact him at neal.moore@sbcglobal.net. Follow him on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, @kneelmore.