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Bermuda Avenue Triangle, by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna
A show well worth seeing
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
4.5
Bermuda Avenue Triangle is the story of Tess and Fannie, two widowers who are brought to Las Vegas by their respective daughters, in hopes that their disposition will improve.

During the course of their stay, they meet a man named Johnny, a rogue and a scalliwag (to use a rather archaic term) who manages to seduce both women, for his own, possibly nefarious purposes, each without the knowledge of the other.

This was quite an entertaining show. I had never heard of it before a few weeks ago, and I didn't know if I would like it. But I went to go see it because a couple of my friends are involved with the production, and am I ever glad that I did.

The play is entertaining, and more importantly, it's funny. But it's not a kind of Neil Simon Sarcastic Boy-That-Count-Yousekevich-Is-A-Funny-Guy kind of funny. The humor here is based on shock value. Make no mistake, this is a sex comedy first and foremost, but with the added twist that the participants (the characters, anyway) are over 65.

And so, you have these older people on stage, saying things like "I want to grab your ass and eat it for dessert," and you're shocked, but you don't notice it because you're laughing at the sheer outrageousness of the line.

Probably the only problems I had with the show were that 1, the scene changes did go on a little too long. However, in conversation with the director afterwards, he said that it wasn't so much the scene changes as it was the costume changes. The performers had full costume changes to make in a short amount of time, so it can be forgiven. Another thing to consider on this score, is that it's a community theatre, and as such, the actors, for the most part, also serve as the scene changers. With such a small cast, a complicated scene change will take a while, and so I didn't let it affect my enjoyment of the show.

The second problem I had with the show was that Paul Komorner as Rabbi Levine, while pretty fairly funny, was also very hard to understand at times. The accent he chose to use for the role was extremely thick, and while it was a good accent, it made it hard to understand what he was saying, so I missed some of those jokes.

The performances, however, are all phenomenal, each bringing their own little quirks to the show, and so I highly recommend everyone to go see this show. Very funny, very entertaining. You'll definitely enjoy it.

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