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VAN WERT — The Van Wert Civic Theatre will present “Insane With Power,” a comedy by Scott Hann, in May.

In Hann’s “Insane With Power,” Lois Lancaster (Kim Hughes) plays a big-city journalist writing a story about the current state of modern mental health facilities. Her research takes her to a hospital populated with a unique group of quirky inmates who imagine they are crime-fighting superheroes.

Speed Freak (Joe Maurer) thinks he can run at incredible speeds, while Dim Bulb (Nick McClellan), the most enthusiastic person on the face of the earth, thinks he has the ability to turn off lights with his brain. Mental (Kari Gall) thinks she can read minds, despite being prone to sudden outbursts of bizarre non-sequiturs. Kevin (Dan Hirn), much less quirky and flamboyant than the other inmates, doesn’t embarrass himself with a ridiculous code name or costume — at least not initially. Dr. Gail Eisner (Tina Kowalski) appears to be a kindly hospital administrator, a steady influence needed to effectively run a madhouse like this one.

At first Lois finds their elaborate superhero fantasies to be an entertaining diversion, the wild delusions of unstable minds, until something unusual happens that makes her wonder.

“Insane with Power” is directed by Bob Howell with assistance from Doug Grooms.

Show dates are May 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 and 10. Evening performances at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. All tickets are $10.

The Van Wert Civic Theatre is located at 118 S. Race St. Van Wert. The box office opens to the general public today. Call 419-238-9689 from 2-6 p.m. daily.

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