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‘A Prairie Home Companion’ coming to Smith

The film version of Garrison Keillor's “A Prairie Home Companion,” one of radio's longest running programs, will open Friday, Aug. 18 and run until Aug. 22 at the Smith Opera House in downtown Geneva.

Directed by Robert Altman, the film is the story of the fictional final performance of Keillor's long-running program, broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn., since 1974. A beguiling hodgepodge of homespun humor, down-home anecdotes and old-timey music, the show is being taken off the air by the Axeman (Tommy Lee Jones), the representative of a soul-less Texas conglomerate that's bought the radio station. In fact, he's coming to the theater to do the dirty work personally.

The cast includes stage manager Tim Russell, Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin play Yolanda and Rhonda Johnson, the last remaining members of a sister singing act; John C. Reilly and Woody Harrelson as a pair of singing cowboys named Lefty and Dusty; Lindsay Lohan as Yolanda's daughter Lola; Kevin Kline channeling both Raymond Chandler and Inspector Clouseau as detective Guy Noir,and Virginia Madsen, as a ghost whom only some of the characters can see.

“A Prairie Home Companion” will be screened at 7 p.m. Aug. 18-22 and at 2 p.m. Sunday the 20th. Rated PG-13, it has a running time of 105 minutes. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens.