Time to Remember
If you have never been to Kaleidoscope Theatre in Lynn Haven, it is worth the trip. In it's 44th season, this all volunteer (with not one paid staff member on premise, from directors to technicians to grounds keeping) serves it's community well. It provides opportunities for aspiring artists and support staff of all walks of life with range of experience varying from none to seasoned - all that is required is a love of the stage. It serves it's community by providing entertainment which, in the end , is what it is all about.
Their latest production Said The Spider To The Spy does just that. It is a farcical tale about Augusta (Susannah Wright) , who has borrowed her famous novelist friends beach house along with her identity in an attempt to shake her wallflower status if only for the weekend. She is joined by Ida (an expressive Caty Rose Walding) who goes along with the deception as they decide to use the house as a bed and breakfast to get some extra cash. Augusta isn't the only one who isn't who she says she is as more people descend upon the cottage. An amnesiac (a funnily clueless Chuck Giambra) wanders into the house, mistaking it as his own and in his confused state decides he must be the authors husband (through a series of misses he miraculously never runs into Augusta). He lets in Detective Byron Peters(a charming Doug Jones), who is searching for the mysterious "King Pin" who is reported to be in the area to retrieve a box filled with heroin that has washed up on the beach. When the women return from the beach to find the detective, Ida drugs him , fearing he is the "Kingpin ", and they hide his sleeping body in the window seat. More visitors come in the form of the sweet old neighbor lady (a delightful Claudia Mayer Stendl) and the shady crass couple Julia and Manny (Grandon Abee is a hoot as Julia, all gum smacking and brassy New Yawk accent, and Nathan Chaffee as Manny matches her note for note), as well as the actual author herself Adele Addison (a grounded Katherine Efird) and last but not least the real Dexter Addison (Mark Anderson) Adeles husband. Treachery abounds as no one is who they say, and confusion ensues as everyone makes a play for the box of drugs.
The story itself is a bit muddled and confusing despite being heavy on exposition. I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, but maybe that was the point. The convoluted plot not withstanding, every actor had their moments to shine under the experienced direction of Sandy Wilson who knows how to bring out the best of her cast. The georgeous set design by Charles Wilson presents a beautiful beach cottage that I would be happy to move into. His painstakingly hand
painted hardwood floor is fabulous!. The show itself was fun and silly. Laughter filled the auditorium with the appreciative sold out crowd. In the end the cast was greeted with a gratifying standing ovation.
And so, mission completed. I was entertained.
I couldn't ask for anything more.
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