“Betrayed! on Martha’s Vineyard” is back

Louise DuArt and SQuire Rushnell perform "Betrayed" this weekend. — File photo by Susan Safford

After a sold-out show in November, Louise DuArt and her husband SQuire Rushnell bring back the comedy “Betrayed! on Martha’s Vineyard” this Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, at 7:30 pm, at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown.

“Back by popular demand with juicy new information, a rollicking tale of how a network of neighborly sleuths rid their Island of evildoers,” according to the show’s program.

“‘Betrayed! on Martha’s Vineyard’ is based on the true ‘lemons-into-lemonade’ tale that befell comedienne Louise DuArt and author SQuire Rushnell when their small nonprofit organization was robbed of 82 percent of its treasury by cracker-jack imposters from Texas, while causing wholesale havoc to other charitable organizations in the small island community,” according to the press release.

To tell the story, Ms. DuArt employs impressions from a wide array of characters, from Joan Rivers to Barbara Walters, while Mr. Rushnell ties it together with a running narrative.

Creating and performing the show has acted as a healing process for the couple.

“For Louise’s sake, it was being able to take her comedy and apply it to a very hurtful situation and know she was helping other people,” Mr. Rushnell said earlier this week. “The real beauty I think that was this play is all about, is the parallel with ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ We’ve re-written it as ‘It’s a Wonderful Island.’ Neighbors coming in at the end to help.”

Tickets, $15, are available at brownpapertickets.com. If you’re hungry, opt for the dinner-and-show ticket ($50) and enjoy a three-course meal before the show. The menu includes butternut bisque, New England Clam Chowder, Bolognese, fish and frites, vegetable cous cous, and chocolate chip cookies or crème brûlée for dessert.

Call 508-627-7000 for dinner reservations and for more information.