In its first regular show since shutting down last year, the Little Theatre of Alexandria is back to suspending disbelief with its latest farce, Neil Simon’s Rumors.

“Laugh hard,” director Matthew Randall said. “Laugh loud. Laugh together. It feels amazing, and I hope you enjoy every single moment.”

The plot revolves around the friends of Charlie Brock, the deputy mayor of New York City, who arrive for a party at his house in 1989 to find that he shot himself in the ear. While Charlie is doped up on Valium and kept out of sight upstairs, his friends slowly try to unravel what happened.

Randall cast real-life couple Chris and Ken Gorman as Charlie’s friends Stephanie and Mike Rudden, who are the first to arrive at the scene. Their first instinct is to hush up the incident, as Charlie’s political career and their reputations hang in the balance. While nervously tending to their patient, the Gormans realize that Charlie’s wife Myra is missing, and so are the housekeeper and cook. They also see that the house isn’t at all ready for a party, and that’s when more guests ring the doorbell.

Mike Donahue and Jayne L. Victor bring a refreshing portrayal to Lenny and Claire Ganz, Charlie’s friends who walk into the house immediately after getting into a car wreck. Donahue, while periodically screaming by turning his injured neck, drives the comedic energy of the production. As Charlie’s lawyer and best friend, Lenny is ready to call the police until the arrival of psychologist Ernie Cusack (Peter Halverson) and his wife, Cookie (Janice Rivera).

Then, as Ken runs upstairs to check on Charlie, he trips on his slippers and the gun goes off, making him temporarily deaf. Naturally, more guests arrive (Roxanne Waite as Cassie Cooper and Kirk Lambert as Glenn Cooper) in the ensuing chaos. In the climax, Lenny is forced to wear a smoking jacket and pretend to be Charlie after the arrival of the cops (Joe Dzikewicz and Eileen Copas).

The show runs until August 14. Capacity is currently limited to 145 patrons in the 215-seat venue.

Audience members still have to wear masks, and LTA says if anyone is caught unmasked that they will be asked politely to comply. If they refuse, the show will be stopped. If the issue persists, the show will be canceled entirely.

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716 E. Howell Avenue

Looking for a place to rent in Alexandria? You’ve got plenty of options — from luxury condos to historical Old Town gems to high-rises with a view.

According to Homesnap, there are nearly 180 homes for rent in the area. We took a look at a few most recently listed rentals:

In the market? Check out just listed properties in Alexandria.

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3764 Jason Avenue

In the past seven days, 61 homes were sold in Alexandria, according to Homesnap.

Taking a look at the local market, during the week of July 18, there were 172 new listings, totaling 490 homes for sale. The median list price is $$482,450, and the median sales price is $614,000.

Let’s take a look at a few properties that sold for under $500,000:

In the market? Check out Just Listed properties in Alexandria.

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35 Cockrell Street

In the past seven days, 37 properties in Alexandria were reduced in price, according to Homesnap.

In total, there are 490 homes for sale, including 328 condos, 103 townhomes and 59 single-family homes. The median list price is down slight from last week at $482,450.

Below, find several recently reduced properties:

Want more? Check out Just Listed properties in Alexandria.

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102 W. Bellefonte Avenue

In the past seven days, 73 homes were sold in Alexandria, according to Homesnap. These ranged from 1 BD/1 BA condos to $1M+ historical townhomes.

Taking a look at the local market as a whole, during the week of July 11, there were 167 new listings, totaling 471 homes for sale. The median list price is $499,000.

A few of the most recently sold properties in Alexandria include:

In the market? Check out Just Listed properties in Alexandria.

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In the past seven days, 37 properties in Alexandria were reduced in price, according to Homesnap. In total, there are 471 homes for sale, including 309 condos, 107 townhomes and 55 condos. The median list price is $499,000.

Below, find several recently reduced properties:

Want more? Check out Just Listed properties in Alexandria.

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The Alexandria Drive-In showed ‘Casper’ and ‘The Mummy’ on Halloween. (Image via ALX Community)

The short-lived resurgence of drive-in movie screenings in Alexandria during the pandemic seems to be winding down as the organizers of the Alexandria Drive-In announced the event will be discontinuing after this Saturday’s screening of Shrek.

The closing marks the end of short-lived fad when movie theaters were unsafe due to COVID-19. The Alexandria Drive-In launched last August with Jurassic Park and within four days all six initially scheduled movies were sold-out.

Alexandria wasn’t alone. Tysons, Arlington, and D.C. all featured drive-in movie screenings over the last year, but many ongoing drive-in series have been discontinued as locals return to movie theaters.

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26 E. Linden Street #A (via Google Maps)

This past week, 49 properties were recently sold in Alexandria, according to Homesnap.

The median list price was $468,949, and the median sales price was $670,000. Additionally, homes spent an average of 50 days on the market.

To get a closer look at these numbers, here are a few properties sold this past week, including their original list price and final sales price.

In the market? Check out Just Listed properties in Alexandria.

Photo via Google Maps

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804 Madison Street (via Google Maps)

The housing market is all over the news these days. In case you’ve missed it, it’s hot with homes selling quickly and for over asking price.

If you’re hoping to wait it out, renting could be a good option. According to Homesnap, there are nearly 200 homes listed for rent in Alexandria.

Take a look at a few recently listed properties for rent in the area:

In the market? Check out just listed properties in Alexandria.

Image via Google Maps

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Earlier this week, the Alexandria City Council overrode the objections of the School Board and voted to reallocate funding away from the school resource officer (SRO) program — eliminating the program.

SROs are police officers stationed inside T.C. Williams High School, Francis Hammond Middle School and George Washington Middle School and specialize in handling kids with emotional and education issues, search and seizure on school grounds, and school shooting situations. The program started in 1997.

The School Board voted last year to keep the SRO program, but the City’s defunding vote throws the School Board’s memorandum out the window.

Instead, the $800,000 in funding that had gone to SROs will go toward mental health resources for school aged children and Alexandria Police Department officers who had functioned as SROs will be reassigned. The city still, as City Council member Canek Aguirre noted, spends around $1 million annually on private security for the schools.

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