Hickory – RIPCORD, the phenomenally funny comedy now on stage at the Hickory Community Theatre, will take its final bows this weekend, with three performances, Thursday through Saturday.

For 4 years, irritable and sarcastic Abby Binder has kept a room to herself at the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, through sheer force of her rude personality. When bubbly, bright, and unbearably cheerful Marilyn Dunne is placed in her room, Abby tries her usual tricks, but fails to scare her annoying new roommate away, to no avail. Marilyn, for her part, loves the challenge of Abby’s bad attitude, and refuses to budge. Exercising her taste for competition and her love of pranks, Marilyn makes a bet: if Abby can break her endless patience and make her angry, she will move out. But if she can successfully frighten Abby, who claims never to get scared, she will get the bed by the window. Their endless efforts to outdo each other make for a hilarious evening at the theatre.

The final performances of RIPCORD are Thursday, April 7 through Saturday April 9 at 7:30 pm. Tickets for all performances are $16 for adults and $10 for youth and students.

Tickets are available online at hickorytheatre.org, or by phone at 828-328-2283. Weekday box office hours are 12-5, Wednesday through Friday, or one half-hour before any performance.

Due to the continued risk of Covid-19 in Catawba County, and in accordance with the latest guidance from the CDC, the Hickory Community encourages patrons to wear a mask or other face covering while inside the building. RIPCORD is rated PG-13 for strong adult language.

The Hickory Community’s 73rd season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and Sunbelt Xpress. HCT is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. RIPCORD is produced by The Guild at Hickory Community Theatre.

PHOTO (L-R): Eric Seale prepares Connie Bools, Taylor Kerr (behind Connie), Allison Finch and Dorothy Collier Best for a sky diving adventure in RIPCORD. Photo by Ken Burns Photography.