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New Fifth Row play evokes feel of classic mysteries
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"Girl in the Rain" cast members Amanda Roberts, on couch, and standing from left, Lauren Greco, Jerry Jobe, Ty Langley and Shannon Hutchison rehearse for their upcoming production today through Saturday at The Springs Church in Flowery Branch. - photo by Tom Reed

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Myrna Feldman, director of Fifth Row Center's "The Girl in the Rain," describes the play's plot.

There's nothing like a little mystery to spice up the Halloween season.

Fifth Row Center, a South Hall-based community theater group, is hoping audiences will feel the same way and flock to its latest production, "The Girl In The Rain."

The play opens at 7:30 tonight at The Springs Church, 6553 Spout Springs Road, and runs at the same time Friday and Saturday. A performance also is set for 3 p.m. Saturday.

Set in the 1950s, the play has the feel of an "old-fashioned mystery, one of those where there would be an isolated house or country home and people gather and you're not quite sure who's who and what's what," said the play's director, Myrna Feldman.

"A young woman is found collapsed outside the home of a wealthy woman and her son, and (no one) is quite sure whether she has amnesia (and) why she is trying to get into this house," Feldman said.

The nine-character play is "intriguing and has some twists and turns," she added.

Lauren Greco of Buford plays Natalie Price, who is at the house to meet her future mother-in-law.

"Throughout the show, we're trying to figure out if this girl is shamming her way to get in (the house) to get hold of their money or she really is suffering from amnesia," she said.

"This is a very fun, very suspenseful play," said Greco, who works as a meeting planner for Atlanta-based In Touch Ministries. "Even when we were trying out, reading for the lines, people would gasp at certain scenes."

"The Girl in the Rain" is Fifth Row Center's fifth production since the company was founded in January by actress/drama coach Donna Chalmers, a Flowery Branch resident since 2007.

It is Feldman's first directing effort for Fifth Row.

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