Spradlin: I never liked Jan Brady

Brady2Bobby was the cute little boy and Cindy the cute little girl; Peter was the creative one, Greg the smart one and Marsha the beautiful. Growing up and watching “The Brady Brunch,” I always fan Jan, the middle sister, was the whiny one.

“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” still grates my nerves.

But I wouldn’t miss her on stage in Owens Auditorium at Sandhills Community College next month in Southern Pines. Eve Plumb will join Rex Smith in Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite.”

Here’s how sponsoring Moore Choices describes the play:

“Laughter abounds in this portrait of three couples in the swinging 1960s occupying a suite at New York’s Plaza Hotel: a suburban couple who are revisiting their honeymoon suite in an attempt to rekindle the romance in their relationship; a much-married Hollywood producer reunites with a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, who has idolized him from afar over the years; and the parents of a nervous bride who’s locked herself in the bathroom with the wedding waiting. Time magazine declared the original Broadway production ‘An avalanche of hilarity!’ and indeed, Plaza Suite is a clever comic meditation on the effects of time upon love.”

The play opens at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, with shows at 8 p.m. on June 19, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on June 20 and the finale at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 21. Tickets are $38 in advance or $43 at the door. For discounted group ticket information, please email moorechoicesnc@gmail.com. A group is 10 or more people. Click here for additional ticket information.

From left to right, brothers Jeremy, Brian and Kevin Spradlin - more than a few years ago.

From left to right, brothers Jeremy, Brian and Kevin Spradlin – more than a few years ago.

To be honest, I think Plumb was the most convincing of young actors on The Brady Bunch. Of course, I don’t know any of them personally, but I remember Jan the most — I mentally shudder even when I hear her name, because I almost “hear” her whining — which means to me she did the best job of playing a role intended to make an impact.

Or maybe she just reminds me of my older brother. I was the youngest of three boys, and Brian was in the middle. He sure complained a lot. He and I also didn’t get along so well on most days of most years. Yeah, maybe that’s the connection.

Either way, this is an event right on Richmond County’s backyard that you might not want to miss. I know I won’t.

Kevin Spradlin is managing editor of The Pee Dee Post. He can be reached at 910-331-4130 or peedeepost@gmail.com.

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