Sometimes, things are not always as they seem.

And such is the case when a writer, with a little help from his friends, tries to portray himself as a medical doctor.

Zany, high-energy comedy sets the stage when a young man tries desperately to keep up appearances in the play "Playing Doctor," which opens at WILLow LeaVes of Hope on Friday, Aug. 18th.

Rob Brewster, played by Hope resident Pete Law, is a 30-something-year-old writer who has not been forthcoming with his parents about his career.

"The problem is, his parents think he is a doctor," Law says. "They have paid for eight years of college and medical school and he ended up living off the medical school money while he was a writer."

When he learns his parents are coming for a visit he enlists the help of his buddy, Jimmy, who is an actor. The plan is to gather some of Jimmy's fellow actors to play the roles of Brewster's patients. Trouble is, when it comes down to show time Jimmy's buddies are a no-show.

"His buddy is playing all the patients and is constantly coming in as different characters," says Naomi Fleetwood-Pyle, producer. "Rob's other friend plays a ditsy nurse and she is kind of precious and stupid."

Not only are his parents coming, but they're bringing Brewster's uncle; who they want him to diagnose.

Suffice to say, things do not go according to plan.

"This play is fast-paced, slapstick comedy," Fleetwood-Pyle says. "It is a frenzied in and out of doors and changing costumes, and little twists and turns and things that are happening that are really funny. The slapsticky part is they have dummies sitting in chairs like they are patients."

The play's cast of eight, including Jeremy Kinnett, Connie Kiviniemi-Baylor, and Jessica Brown, is set to bring this comedy to WILLow LeaVes.

Law who loves comedic plays, says this lead role is right up his alley.

"I did this play five years ago in North Vernon and I really liked it," Law says. "This is one of my favorite roles I've ever played."

Fleetwood-Pyle admits that the Actors' Studio of Hope loves comedies and this play certainly fits the bill.

Fleetwood-Pyle says she hopes the audience leaves feeling like they've been entertained... and then some.

"I hope they take away a side ache from laughing so much," she says. "I hope they take away a good, fuzzy warm feeling inside."