Squabbles

Jessie Huitink, as Alice Sloan, blocks Brian Kleve, as Abe Dreyfus, so Wayne Burnette, her stage husband Jerry Sloan, can race to answer the telephone during a “Squabbles” rehearsal at the Primghar Community Building.

PRIMGHAR—When the in-laws move in, the house becomes a war zone in the Primghar Community Playhouse’s next play, “Squabbles.”

The theatre troupe will present “Squabbles” Friday-Sunday, April 5-7, at the Primghar Community Building. Clint Badberg of Sheldon will direct the three performances.

Originally written in 1982 by American author Marshall Karp, “Squabbles” features an expecting couple, Jerry and Alice Sloan, who unexpectedly find themselves with two new roommates: his mother, Mildred Sloan, and her father, Abe Dreyfus.

The clock is ticking for the grumpy elders to resolve their differences before the baby is born.

“The in-laws do not get along at all,” Badberg said. “There’s a lot of bickering between the two.”

Wayne Burnette of Sheldon and Jessie Huitink of Hospers share the stage as Jerry and Alice Sloan. Brian Kleve of Sanborn plays the smart-aleck Abe Dreyfus. Amber Campbell of Moneta will be Dreyfus’ bane, Mildred Sloan.

This will be Badberg’s first time directing. He has acted in the playhouse’s adult play the previous two years and has performed in many other community theatre shows — mostly musicals — in Sheldon since 2008.

“It’s a lot of fun. I love acting, especially in Primghar, where it’s a little more tight-knit group,” Badberg said. “You have the ability to kind of do what you want to do. You can kind of have fun with it. We’re able to really connect with each other.”

He was clued into the idea of presenting “Squabbles” after seeing his daughter Caroline perform in the production with the Sheldon High School Summer Theatre last year. His daughter played Mrs. Fisher, the nanny.

The play is divided into two acts. With an intermission, each performance will last about two hours.

“It was a really funny show that, with a small enough cast, we could do in Primghar,” Badberg said. “In Primghar, we typically have five to seven people in the cast. We like to do comedies. ‘Squabbles’ fits the bill nicely.”