Though Tab Hunter no longer keeps his horses in Middleburg, his former neighbors will find him not far away at Hayloft Dinner Theater, Manassas, in a farce called "Here Lies Jeremy Troy."
Probably because of his name and almost excessively All American Boy looks, Hunter never has been taken seriously as an actor, though he starred in 40-odd movies and did well by "Damn Yankees," "Track of the Cat" and "The Love Ones." He had the unnerving experience of making his stage bow opposite Tallulah Bankhead when he played the Angel of Death in Tennessee Williams' "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore" on its second Broadway try.
In the years since that debacle, he's learned how to relax on stage in a score of light comedies and has developed the assurance that comes only from doing.
"Here Lies Jeremy Troy" is most easily described as a five-door farce. Into and out of these doors characters will pop to misunderstand whatever meets their eyes.While author Jack Sharkey is far from Feydeau, he is nicely into suburbia.
Sharkey also creates a character for the "grown-up" Hunter to describe as "I am a typical American, everything bought on credit or a credit card." In college days Jeremy had fallen in love with a girl determined to marry a lawyer. So he faked his law degree. Now, through a con man more ruthless than himself, he faces exposure.
Hunter's been playing this for over a year on the dinner theater circuit and has mastered the frivolous style amusingly. Bruce Morrow is expecially effective as the legal boss Troy must impress. Ellen Greenfield, Susan Scherer and Glenn Kramer complete director Terry Kester's cast.
Hunter's savvy style is a reminder that not all the golden lads and lasses of the Eisenhower '50s have faded into the sunset. The show runs through Feb. 19.